It's National Book Month: Join the Celebration

Oct 18, 2010

What would education be without books? Whether you're a student, librarian or just a reading enthusiast, don't miss this celebration of National Book Month.

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The Beauty of a Book

Whether we're curling up with a good novel, 'hitting the books' to study or paging through a beautiful monograph, books provide us with an endless source of pleasure and information.

Every October, schools and libraries nationwide remind us of the importance of reading with National Book Month. Originally sponsored by the National Book Foundation (NBF), the event has become a decentralized celebration of the role of books in our lives.

The best way to celebrate National Book Month is to read, read, read. Other ways to share your passion for books include becoming a reading tutor, joining a reading group or checking out a local book festival. Here are just a few of the book fests happening nationwide this month:

  • Litquake in San Francisco, CA
  • Georgia Literary Festival in Statesboro, GA
  • River City Reading Festival in Lawrence, KS
  • Bangor Book Festival in Bangor, ME
  • Capital Book Fest in Lanham, MD
  • Boston Book Festival in Boston, MA
  • Twin Cities Book Festival in Minneapolis, MN
  • Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula, MT
  • Collingswood Book Festival in Collingswood, NJ
  • Santa Fe Antiquarian Book Show in Santa Fe, NM
  • Books by the Banks in Cincinnati, OH
  • Wordstock in Portland, OR
  • Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN
  • Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX
  • Utah Humanities Book Festival in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Battleboro Literary Festival in Battleboro, VT
  • Book 'Em: Buy a Book and Stop a Crook in Waynesboro, VA
  • Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair in Seattle, WA
  • West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston, WV
  • Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, WI

Looking for something to read? How about celebrating your literary freedom by reading a banned book? Check out our lists of classic and free banned books.

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Read With Friends

Did you know that it's also National Reading Group Month? Sponsored by the Women's National Book Association, the celebration encourages readers across the country to share their love of books.

Not sure where to find a book club? You can try websites like or, or go the old fashioned way and look for bulletin boards at local libraries and bookstores.

It can also be fun to start your own reading group. Pick a book you've been meaning to read, talk your friends into reading it too, schedule dinner parties for everyone reading the book - and voila! You have a book club.

If you're a student, you can also check with campus organizations or start an informal discussion group with classmates - you're already reading the same books, after all.

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