International Book Lovers Day

August 9

No one knows who began it, but International Book Lovers Day falls on August 9 each year. It's a day dedicated to the joys of books and the value of knowledge and stories in our lives. August 9 would be a great day to start that book you've been meaning to read (or write), or to take time to share a book with someone learning to read. Whether fiction or non-fiction, print or digital, books help expand our understanding of the world, provide us with pleasure and insight, and help us grow as people.

an unrolled bamboo scroll book
A bamboo scroll book

Evolution of the Book

In different parts of the world, items such as bones, shells, slabs, wax tablets, and scrolls contained writing before books emerged. Some early books could take up to a lifetime to write and illustrate. In medieval monasteries, they were sometimes chained to desks to prevent theft, indicating how rare and valuable they were. Things began changing drastically in the West in the 15th century when books started to be mass-produced using printing presses, leading to the growth of literacy and an acceleration of social change.

Print and Digital Books

Today we have the choice of reading print books or eBooks. Many of us love the familiarity of print books; however, eReaders, phones and tablets offer the convenience of fitting a huge number of titles on them. You can also listen to eAudiobooks on a digital device. SJPL offers a wide variety of eBooks and eAudiobooks on multiple platforms, as well as assistance with checking out and downloading them. Explore, and see what interests you!

Love of Books

If you wish, please share some of your favorite books and why you like them in the comments section below. Or, leave reviews and ratings on our catalog for your favorite (or not-so-favorite) books!

Also, check out some of the following titles, available through SJPL:

For the Love of Books, book cover
For the Love of Books, book cover
Book Lust, book cover
A Passion for Books, book cover
A Gentle Madness, book cover
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, book cover
Ex Libris, book cover
The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives, book cover
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, book cover
Reading Together: Share in the Wonder of Books With a Parent-Child Book Club, book cover
A Child of Books, book cover