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National Reading Group Day 2011

This is an update to my earlier post, about the ‘Independent Booksellers Week 2011’, which runs from 18th-25th June.

The organisers of the event have announced the inclusion of an exciting new concept, as the climax to the week, on Saturday 25th June 2011 … ‘National Reading Group Day’.

The idea is the personal objective of the Booksellers Association President, Jane Streeter and is, in her own words, “about capitalising on the current huge grassroots affection for Reading Groups in the UK”.

I know that many of you belong to Reading Groups, both on a formal and an informal basis and this day is set aside for you to engage with your local Reading Group and see where it takes you!

Maybe if you are the organiser of a Reading Group, you could arrange to hold a special session for this day and be part of this nationwide event.

There is also an email address included on the NRGD page, as the organisers would love to hear from you, if you are going to be taking part in the event, if you would like to participate in the event, or if you have any innovative ideas about the event that you would like to share.

There is a wealth of information, that has been pulled together from many sources, including publishers and is available for download, for your group to distribute and use … with the main poster logo being ‘MEET, TALK, GIVE’

The concept is also being run in collaboration with a fund raising initiative hosted by Book Aid International, whose main aim is to send books to sub-Saharan Africa and help change lives.

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  • I’m just wondering if I could hold an open house afternoon tea for members of both my groups to get together. It would work a) if only half of each group turned up or b) if it was fine and we could spill into the garden. If they all came and it was a wet day we would all have to get to know each other very well indeed!

    • Hi Annie,

      That sounds like a fantastic idea to me.

      It would be lovely if you could turn it into something of a mini garden pary, but an intimate ‘getting to know you’ session, could work equally as well.

      Sometimes people need to have no option but to mix and find common ground on which to converse. Looking around me today, young people seem much less inhibited and able to do this as almost second nature, whereas my generation seem to have too many ‘hang-ups’ and preconceptions about others, to act spontaneously with people they are meeting for the first time.

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