August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day (or Book Lovers Day or Book Lovers’ Day — take your pick).
However you punctuate it, today is a day for those who love to read. It is set aside to encourage you to kick back and relax with a great book. From shaded spots under arching trees to being tucked up warm in bed, there’s no better way to celebrate today than to while the hours away lost in a book.
A few years ago Huffington Post offered these suggestions as activities for this “holiday.” I’ve annotated them with thoughts of my own.
1) Visit your local library (bonus points if you hum “A Trip to the Library” or “Marian, Madame Librarian” when you do)
2) Reread an old favorite (CliffsNotes don’t count-except for Faulkner because Mala Rogers said it was okay.)
3) Drop some literary references (commiserate a sports loss with a “there is no joy in Mudville;” describe something tiny as Lilliputian; express frustration with “Fiddle dee dee”)
4) Get a new bookshelf (or build one. or get a book about how to build one.)
5) Give the gift of reading (read to someone — just make sure it is age appropriate — the original Grimm Folk Tales are not intended for pre-school audiences)
6) Hit up a literary haunt (Jay Jennings can probably suggest several Arkansas locations, or you can go to the Capital Bar–many journalists have scribbled notes on napkins there which have made there ways into political books)
7) Host your own book club (or crash your neighbor’s)
8) Host a book lovers party (or tell people you went to one dressed as the Invisible Man–either Wells or Ellison version)
9) Contact your favorite living author (just make sure there isn’t a restraining order because you already have tried this. repeatedly. at inappropriate locations and times)
10) Donate (it does seem a sin to throw away a book. so pass it on)
So visit the Central Arkansas Library System or WordsWorth Books. Make a pilgrimage to Piggott to see where Hemingway wrote part of A Farewell to Arms (which my classmates and I dubbed A Farewell to Leg because of the line, “I put my hand on my knee, it wasn’t there.”). Crack open that book at home. Go down a rabbit hole in search of your Green Light, your Dulcinea, or your Holy Grail.
For younger audiences, chew on a board book, marvel at a pop-up book, experience a scratch ‘n’ sniff book.
Whatever you do today, don’t let it go by without touching a book! (Episcopalians have it covered with the BCP.)