And the date is December 4th, 2010
How lovely is that?!
AND there's a gorgeous poster to boot!
I love this idea. Especially for those who are concerned that "real" books might be disappearing. I'm not in that camp. I think we'll always have real books - right along with ebooks. I think there's plenty of room for both in our lives. I'm a buyer of both. (ah HA! a blog topic - Yay! but for another day).
I did read recently, however, that picture books might be on the decline. That, to me, is horribly sad. To think of children of the future not having that joy of sitting down with a picture book in their lap, or a pop-up book, isn't something I can even bear thinking of.
And - we all know that a lot of our indy bookstores have been closing their doors lately. Another sad business.
"Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day" isn't by any stretch of the imagination meant to ignore our libraries. Heavens no! They're another of our greatest treasures - also, sadly enough, in danger in some communities.
Bookstores and libraries have lived happily together for many years, and we'd all love to see them continue their happy coupling, free of the insecurities and instabilities wrought by today's economy.
I keep my librarians pretty busy. I also do my part in helping my favorite bookstores. I'm a "pusher." Once I've discovered a book I love, I tend to "push" it onto friends I think might enjoy it. A lot of times that means buying several copies to give as gifts. And my favorite baby gifts include not just a book, but one of the adorable plush characters to go along with it - I love finding these at the bookstore.
So, let's help Jenny get her holiday off the ground with a bang. If you don't have a child to take to a bookstore, just help pass the word. Maybe print out a copy of her gorgeous poster and ask your bookstores to hang it.
Anything to help promote reading is a grand thing. Right?!