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V-Day makes you gag? Write a love letter to your library instead.

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If the idea of Valentines Day makes you want to hurl a box of pink chocolates at an overpriced bunch of roses, you’re not alone – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the occasion special with a different kind of love…

Love letters

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) wants to capture the passionate feelings connected to a certain day in mid-February, and focus them on a love that truly lasts forever: the love of a good book.

Children and educators can join in the celebration in many ways, but perhaps the easiest is to write a ‘love letter’ – or ‘love painting’ – for your local library to show how much it means to you.

You could plan an excursion to deliver your letters in person. Scroll to the end of this post for some of the ALIA Library Lovers Day resources that might be relevant for your service.  If you don’t have a library you visit from your service, contact your local council or primary school to find out whether there is a library or librarian who might like to receive your letters instead.

Love letters to libraries

Street libraries

This week would also be a great time to create a new street library, or decorate an existing one. Rather than replacing community libraries, street libraries have been known to encourage families to visit their local bricks and mortar libraries more often, too.

Read about how ‘Little Libraries’ changed this community in Queensland:

Community engagement in a box: how the Little Free Libraries took off at Acacia Ridge

Street-libraries

Aleesah’s letter

Readers of our Rattler+Broadside magazine will remember our Term 4 2017 story, So you want to be a picture book writer? by Australian author Aleesah Darlison.

Today Aleesah shared with us her love letter to libraries, along with the news that her latest picture book is called Yay! It’s Library Day.

In a world where libraries and bookstores are shutting down or being reduced or restricted in their resources, where visit/borrowing statistics are dropping, and where teacher-librarians at schools are losing their jobs, it’s time that we take a good, hard, long look at what libraries can offer us and the generations to come. We need to focus on and fight for what’s good in the world. We need to hold onto our books, read them to children and use all of the wonderful resources (including story time sessions and cosy reading nooks!) that libraries can offer us.

Aleesah Darlison

yay it's library day

Resources

Here are some downloads you might enjoy from the ALIA Library Lovers Day page.

CELA WRITERS

Bec Lloyd is the founder and managing director of Bec & Call Communication, providing professional writing, editing and strategy services to the school and early childhood education sector since 2014. In 2018 she launched UnYucky mindset and menus for happier family mealtimes. Formerly the communications lead at ACECQA and BOS (now NESA), Bec is a journo and mother of three who produces Amplify for us at Community Early Learning Australia.

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4 thoughts on “V-Day makes you gag? Write a love letter to your library instead.

  1. The children at Connect Preschool in Engadine painted a love picture and told what and why they loved books. They did this for the Librarian at the local school, Engadine West Public. The children delivered the picture and documentation to the librarian. While at the library some stage 3 students read a story to the children. On leaving the children were invited to take a book from the schools new street library. This was a great experience for our children. They are beginning to learn about their local environment and share a love of literacy with older children. The majority of the children will attend that school when they go on to :big” school. They also had time to explore the school environment and chat with other adults from the school/

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