Monday, March 27, 2006

Buy a Friend a Book Week!

Okay - this was nice, so I just had to blog about it.

Unfamiliar with this until I saw a link to it over at Gail Gauthier's Original Content.

BAFAB Weeks come four times a year, in the first weeks of January, April, July, and October.

The rules: Just get yourself to a real-life or virtual book store during Buy a Friend a Book Week and, well, buy a friend a book (or e-book)! But here's the fun part: you can't buy your friend a book because it's their birthday or they just graduated or got engaged or had a baby or anything else. You have to give them a book for no good reason. In fact, this present out of the blue from you should shock the pants off of whomever you decide to give it to. And it'll make them happy. And that's the point: promote reading, promote friendships. Just make sure to let them know about Buy a Friend a Book Week. (How? Order a BAFAB card from to get your message across, or print out this explanation and include it in your gift book. Or, if you're not giving your friend the book in person, just point them to the explanation's URL.)

Couple of Frontier College related links I came across:

1. University of Alberta Students for Literacy.
2. University of Calgary Students for Literacy.
3. Write-up on a Scrabble Night in Canada event from the University of Toronto.
4. Info on what appaers to be a now defunct Frontier College Award called the Mary Isabel MacKay Award.

Courtesy of an American Site - a brief article on recruiting and retention for literacy programs which I found spoke to many of the challenges we face with these issues - this is from an initiative put forth by Verizon in the US.

From the blogs Book Moot provides another update on the ongoing Book Banning Saga. The decision of the Judson School Board re: the Handmaid's Tale has now been overturn and the book will again be allowed. Read Alert also had an interesting link on a separate but related issue about the Oklahoma House passing a bill that would force libraries to “place all children and young adult materials that contain homosexual or sexually explicit subject matter in a special area [and limited] distribution . . . to adults only.”

Book Buds has a review HERE of two fun children's books which use food to teach about shapes.

Another useful site here for recommending children's books which I will also be adding to the side menu in the resource section. Link courtesy of Kids Lit. Their plug from the site:

At ChildrensPictureBooks.Info, we love children's picture books. They are window on the world for youngsters allowing them to explore new ideas, new places, and new things. A favorite picture book will be read and re-read providing emotional satisfaction and rhythm to a child's life. As you explore our pages, you'll find information about children's picture books of all kinds, how to select the perfect picture book for your child or grandchild, and a wealth of suggestions.

And yet another children's blog found courtesy of Jen Robinson's Book Page. This one is called All About Children's Books and is done by Sally Apokedak. Appears well worth future visits.

Finally, two entertaining points of interest from Fuse 8: There is a Lord of the Rings Musical and someone has gone to the effort of deconstructing Nancy Drew.

And finally finally (and slightly off topic) - cool link from Cachibachus to Whatever... Whenever - an online newsletter full of craft ideas etc...



At 3:19 PM, Blogger PJ Librarian said...

Thanks for the great information. I have updated my sidebar with a few of these links. Interesting read on Nancy Drew and BAFAB. Love giving books to people now I have another reason, no reason.
Thanks again. PJ

At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Debra Hamel said...

Thanks for mentioning BAFAB!

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

Hi Louise,

Glad that you enjoyed Sally's page! Have a great week!


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