Readers everywhere, be sure to curl up with a good book at some point today. Today is World Book Day.

According to the website, World Book Day is a celebration of “authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.” The site says the “main aim” of World Book Day in the U.K. and Ireland is to encourage children to “explore the pleasures of books and reading” by giving them opportunities to have books of their own.

Furthermore, World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind, the site says. This is the 21st annual celebration, and was designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a “worldwide celebration of books and reading.” According to the website, World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries all over the world.

With that being said, reading have revolutionized itself over the past few years. Nowadays, readers have more options than just trying to decide between paperback and hardcover. Instead, you have to choose between actual books, audio books and of course, digital books. Of course, as a self-proclaimed bibliophile, I can safely attest nothing beats actually having the book in hand.

Of course with the rise of technology, it can be very difficult to develop a love for reading. It’s no secret that because of the rise of social media, our attention spans are getting lower and lower. But, that doesn’t appear to cause books to die out. According to an article in the Hindustan Times entitled World Book Day: Books in the Times of Social Media, book sales are “only rising.”

So, how do we celebrate World Book Day? Here are a few ideas.

The first is to just spend some time reading today. Today is one of the first days that we’ve begun to see some spring-like weather. Therefore, enjoy some fresh air by grabbing the book you’re reading and read it outside.

Another way you can celebrate is to go out there and buy a book. Whether it may be a book that you need for classes if you’re a student or just something that you’ve been wanting to read for a while, today’s the perfect day to get your copy. And, there are a lot of awesome local bookstores all across Connecticut. Some great ones include: Books and Company in Hamden, Atticus in New Haven, Written Words Bookstore in Shelton, and Brick Walk Bookshop in West Hartford.

Finally, another way you can celebrate World Book Day is to donate books for others to enjoy. After all, World Book Day is about ensuring that everyone has easy access to books. As someone who has always had a lot of books, chances are you have a pile of books that you want to get rid of. Therefore, why don’t you try to donate them? Whether it may be a school, library or nonprofit, someone out there will love receiving your old books. Furthermore, it’s just a great way to give back.

So, with that being said, Happy World Book Day to all!

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