Friday April 23rd is a day of celebration! One its my Birthday Eve! (Apparently most people didn’t grow up celebrating the day before their arrival.) Two its World Book Day!
World Book Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on April 23, 1995. This date is chosen because it is the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and prominent Spanish chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Each year, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry – publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a one-year period, effective 23 April each year. The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, named Tbilisi (Georgia) World Book Capital for the year 2021, based on the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee.
Georgia is a unitary semi-presidential republic, with a government elected through a representative democracy. The political system remains in the process of transition, with frequent adjustments to the balance of power between the President and Parliament.
Book Related Activities
- Noyes StoryWalk: Rainbow Weaver Families can head outdoors to enjoy the book Rainbow Weaver – written in both English and Spanish – about a resourceful young girl in a village in Guatemala. The fourth Noyes StoryWalk®, presented by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation in collaboration with Montgomery Parks and the Oakland Terrace Elementary School PTA, will be available for self-guided exploration from Saturday, April 17, 2021, through Sunday, May 15, 2021, at Capitol View-Homewood Park in Kensington (2929 Edgewood Road, Kensington, MD 20895).
- World Book Day – at 5pm tonight, Kensington Park will be having a virtual celebration of literature and authors in via Zoom – Register Here
Family Storytime @ MCPL – Virtual Saturday, April 24: 10:00am – 10:30am
Harry Potter Book Discussion – For witches, wizards and muggles. All are welcome. Virtual Saturday, April 24: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
- 100 Must-Read Classic Books, as Chosen by our Readers. Penguin Publishers ask their readers for their must-read classics; from iconic bestsellers to lesser-known gems, these are their essential recommendations.
5 FACTS ABOUT READING
Reading is self-care
Reading reduces stress by 68%.
Books are personal
Children who own books are more likely to become regular readers than those who don’t have books at home.
It all adds up
Reading just 20 minutes a day equates to reading 1,800,000 words per year.
It builds fluency
Reading is the best way to build your vocabulary and this is most evident in children.
Libraries are cool!