International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day in on Friday, September 8th. What is International Literacy Day you might ask? Consider these quotes:
Books were my pass to personal freedom. – Oprah Winfrey
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. – Edward P. Morgan
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman
A book is a device to ignite the imagination. – Alan Bennett
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. – Confucius
Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison
Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. – Hazel Rochman
For each of those and for us, books unite us, make us bigger, pull us forward, out of ourselves and into something larger. Maybe into something we can’t even define for ourselves yet. And now we are doing so in multiple ways on various devices.
But first we must learn to read.
That’s where the International Literacy Day comes in.
From the International Literacy Day Website:
International Literacy Day History
International Literacy Day serves to recognize the importance of literacy and acknowledge the need to create a globally literate community. Literacy refers to a person’s ability to read or write, an ability that connects and empowers people, allowing them to communicate and interact with the world, and one that the United Nations considers to be a basic human right. Today, approximately 16% of the world’s population, two-thirds of which is female, is unable to read or write at a basic level in their native languages. Illiteracy in nearly all parts of the world has been linked to socio-economic issues like poverty and demographic factors such as gender.
In an effort to combat illiteracy, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created International Literacy Day in 2000. During the 2015 campaign, themed Literacy and Sustainable Societies, UNESCO stressed the importance of literacy as the
most powerful accelerator of sustainable development and pledged that by 2030, the organization will
ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy. This international holiday is observed annually on September 8th.
This year the theme is Literacy in a Digital World exploring what skills people need to live in an increasingly digital oriented world. Here at STRW we have talked about the increase in eBooks. That’s also true at the educational level where computers and computer programs are rapidly replacing traditional methods normally associated with schooling, right down to eTextbooks.
Here is another paragraph that struck me from the International Literacy Day website:
Just as knowledge, skills and competencies evolve in the digital world, so does what it means to be literate. In order to close the literacy skills gap and reduce inequalities, this year’s International Literacy Day will highlight the challenges and opportunities in promoting literacy in the digital world, a world where, despite progress, at least 750 million adults and 264 million out-of-school children still lack basic literacy skills.
The more that you read, the more things that you will know, the more that you learn, the more places that you’ll go – Dr. Seuss
International Literacy Day – References and Related Sites
- UNESCO: Literacy Day 2015
- UNESCO: Literacy Stats
- UNESCO eAtlas of Literacy
So what can we do to help? There are many shelters, especially LGBTQIA Youth shelters, that maybe in need of books, even Kindles with suitable YA stories already loaded into them, that you can donate. Donate books to local shelters for domestic violence. They often take in families with younger children that might need books to read. Check first with the shelters before donating. Need addresses of LGBTQ Shelters to contact?
Lost–n–Found Youth is an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization whose … More than 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ and this disparity in the homeless youth population continues to grow. …. 2585 Chantilly Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324
The Albert Kennedy Trust support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people in crisis. Every day … We have offices in both London and Manchester.
International Literacy Day Giveaway
How do you think we can make a difference these days in promoting literacy? Here at home and abroad? Also, tell us what how reading and books has changed your life? What does it mean to you that you can pick up a book, sink down into other lives and worlds? Two winners will win a $10 gift card. Leave your comment along with your email address. Contest ends on Sunday, September 9th. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, September 3:
- An Alisa Series Review: Only You Series by JS Finley
- International Literacy Day
- This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Monday, September 4:
- BLITZ A Matter of Courage by J.C. Long
- Review Tour – Ann Gallagher’s Having Her Back
- RIPTIDE TOUR Foxglove Copse (Porthkennack #5) by Alex Beecroft
- A MelanieM Review: Foxglove Copse (Porthkennack #5) by Alex Beecroft
- A Stella Release Day Review: The Hike by John Inman
- An Alisa Review: Eye Candy (Candy Men #2) by Amanda Young
- A Stella Review : Having Her Back by Ann Gallagher
Tuesday, September 5:
- Dreamspinner Promo j. leigh bailey on Stalking Buffalo Bill + Giveaway
- RELEASE BLITZ Leaning Into Always by Lane Hayes
- Review Tour – Hard Time (Responsible Adult #2) by C.F. White
- A Kai Review: Hard Time (Responsible Adult #2) by C.F. White
- A VVivacious Review: The Highlander (Order Series #2) by Kasia Bacon
- An Ali Review: A Matter of Courage by JC Long
- An Alisa Review: Talk Bunny To Me (Hoppity Shifter #2) by A.R. Barley
Wednesday, September 6:
- 3 day release Blitz for Sunder by Lexi Ander
- Blog Tour For Elin Gregory’s The Bones of Our Fathers
- A Melanie Release Day Review: Earning His Trust by Alicia Nordwell
- A Lila Review: The Curse (Witches of Salem #1) by T.S. McKinney
- An Alisa Review: Broken Pieces by Ruby MacIntyre
Thursday, September 7:
- Release Blitz & Review Tour for Garrett Leigh’s Circle (Roads #3)
- Release Blitz: Hard Time by CF White
- Victoria Sue on her new release The Alpha Heir + Giveaway
- A Kai Review: Facing West (Forever Wilde #1) by Lucy Lennox
- An Ali Review: Making It (Ringside Romance #3) by Christine d’Abo
- A Lila Audiobook Review: Tart and Sweet (Candy Man #4) by Amy Lane and Narrator: Philip Alces
- An Ali Review: Circle (Roads #3) by Garrett Leigh
Friday, September 8 (International Literacy Day):
- TOUR The Dragon’s Devotion by Antonia Aquilante
- Release Blitz : Con Riley’s Be My Best Man
- RIPTIDE TOUR & Giveaway: Her Hometown Girl by Lorelie Brown
- The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens YA Tour
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Friendly Fire by Cari Z and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
- A Lila Review: The Dragon’s Devotion (Chronicles of Tournai Book 5) by Antonia Aquilante
- A MelanieM Review: Broken Records (Spotlight #1) by Lilah Suzanne
Saturday, September 9:
- Living Out Loud by Nyrae Dawn & Christina Lee Release Day Blitz and Review
- Cover reveal *September 8th* His Dark Reflection by Heloise West
- A MelanieM Review: Sūnder (Darksoul #1) by Lexi Ander