[As reported in The Good Life, magazine.good.is, by Rafi Schwartz]
"From June 4-7 (2015), following the Cluj-Napoca's "tenure as the 2015 European Youth Capital " anyone reading on the city’s buses, trams or trolley, was allowed to ride, entirely free of charge.
The "brainchild of Victor Miron, a local literacy advocate, (this) initiative (was) designed to both promote literacy, and encourage residents to take advantage of municipal public transportation." Here's the link to his Facebook page.
"Bolstered by his success, Victor hopes to establish this as a regular event in Cluj, with two more proposed “Travel by Book” dates in mind, each corresponding to local book fairs. He is also in talks to expand the initiative to the Romanian cities of Alba Iulia and Focșani, and to Chișinău, across the Moldovian border."
“I believe that it’s better to promote reading by rewarding those who read, instead of criticising the ones who don’t,” said Miron on arts websiteBored Panda this week.
"Other initiatives to celebrate the event and promote reading in the city included using the city’s buses and trams to display inspiring quotes from classic and contemporary authors, giving out bookmarks to the general public and a weekly book club which ran throughout June in the Cluj-Napoca’s botanical garden."(Independent.co.uk)
The city's mayor posted Miron's idea to his Facebook and it swiftly morphed into its own page Bookface.
that "Bookface is a phenomenon that is sweeping the ever creative Library world with inventive posts and photos posted to I nstagram in 'Bookface Style' using the caption #BookfaceFriday." These photos are so creative, well crafted and fun!
TEN WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR LIBRARY and enrich the lives of our young citizens...
1. Get a library card. Sign up your children for library cards. 2. Write to your local paper about your library and how it helps your family; use an example linked to this article. 3. Donate to YALSA. 4. Distribute free teen reading resources found in this article. 5. Share the info found in this article with your local politicians. 6. Compare your library's Teen Programs with National Standards using info in this article and share with your library and elected officials. 7. Be part of the movement to support your future : Volunteer at Your Library 8. Host a fund raiser: ideas in article. 9. Become part of your Library Support Group. 10. This May, go with your community and library supporters to Library Legislative Day. Libraries organize busses to take you to Washington to visit Federal Legislators offices to speak to their staff, to show how important libraries are in this country.
Be seen. Be heard.
There are links to documents, sites and details about all these topics in the following article. Click on a couple and see which one inspires you or your children and teens to Take Action for Your Library !
Be sure to take a moment to view the touching and well produced video at the end.
•1. KEEP IT SIMPLE •2. BE READY FOR MOBILE USERS •3. EMPHASIZE CALLS TO ACTION •4. KEEP LIBRARY USERS UP TO DATE •5. OCCUPY THE PAGE REAL ESTATE FIRST UP ON SCREEN •6. USE VIDEOS EFFECTIVELY •7. CONNECT WITH USERS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA