[Event] National Poetry Month 2015

Apparently, April is the month to celebrate poetry.

I vividly remember having to memorize “Jonathan Bing” and “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” for declamation contests during my preschool days.  I’ve written and read a bit of poetry over the years, but I kinda have a love-hate relationship with it. Sort of. I very much dislike being forced to read and write and analyze poetry for English classes. But, I do have several poems that I really like.

One of my favorites is “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. When I first read it years ago, it somewhat reminded me of a late loved one . . . And it reminds me of that person still every time I read it. It goes like this:

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[Event] World Book Day 2015

Apparently, there’s this! It was celebrated on March 5 in the UK and Ireland. It’s marked to be celebrated on April 23 by UNESCO, I think. I’m a little confused by the dates. But either way, it’s better late (or early) than never, right? Any time is a good time to celebrate books and reading anyway. 🙂

So what is World Book Day? The website says:

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world . . .  It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.

I love to read. I think books are awesome! And I think everybody should have the opportunity to read books and let their imagination run free.

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Interested in donating some books or sharing the love of reading? Check these out:

[Event] Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014

Hello, dear readers. Thank you for dropping by!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Helping to raise awareness and support for breast cancer is a cause that is close to my heart. If you could, please take a moment to visit any of these sites to see how you can help raise awareness and support for breast cancer care and research.

The Breast Cancer Site

Join the fight! Let’s lend a hand however we can. 🙂

[Event] Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013

It’s October once again, which means it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It isn’t really related to books and literature, but it’s a cause that’s close to my heart.

Here are some helpful sites related to breast cancer. Please take a moment to visit any of these sites to see how you can help raise awareness and support for breast cancer care and research.

The Breast Cancer Site

Join the fight!

[Event] Banned Books Week 2013

I’m actually a little confused with the dates. ALA says it’s Sep 22-28, but a website by Random House that encourages readers to Support Banned Books Week lists the dates as Sep 29-Oct 6… Anyway, it’s the act of reading that counts, no?

According to the American Library Association (ALA):

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. 

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[Event] Manila International Book Fair 2013

MIBF_logo_big“Now on its 34th year , the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) remains the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair with the largest and most varied collection of literature.

Apart from great reads at affordable prices, the MIBF also showcases special events for readers: storytelling sessions, poetry readings, book signings, book launches, literary awards, quiz bee competitions, interactive education, the annual St. Paul National Bible Quiz and many more activities that enrich the reading experience and contribute to the reading awareness of the Filipino public.”

What: The 34th Manila International Book Fair
When: September 11 to 15, 2013 (10 AM to 8 PM)
Where: SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, Philippines

Check out their website to see the list of exhibitors, events, and schedule.