Tonight was a special night for book lovers - World Book Night!
For those of you who don’t know about this glorious occasion, you can read about it here. But to sum it up, volunteers across the nation pass out FREE books to people who wouldn’t normally pick up a book on their own. The goal was to spread the love of books and literacy across the nation!
Some members of the teen community here in Oak Lawn decided to participate in this, so we took our 40 copies of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers in our cute little tote bags and set out across the street to pass out the joy of reading via new book smells and our master skills of persuasion.
Starting in Starbucks and ending in an AT&T store, we were able to pass out every single copy of our books. Though our stereotypical teenage social awkwardness led us off to a shaky start, our first couple rejections actually made us determined to really sell the idea of reading. Others greeted us with the biggest smiles, excited that we were participating in something so simple yet heartwarming. The idea of giving out free books to strangers was a surprise to many, and maybe that’s why some of them were caught off guard and rushed to turn down the opportunity. However, the more openminded, admitting they weren’t readers, took the book anyways with a ‘maybe’, because how could you turn down a couple of passionate teenagers giving you a free chance to explore a new world?
Sure, there’s no guarantee that every single person will pick up that book and read it; But our only hope is that, out of those 40, at least a couple will be spending their night cracking open their new story and feeling a bit lucky that they ran into us. Perhaps some will rediscover their old love for reading while others will be experiencing it for their very first time.
And that is why we did what we did tonight. We walked across streets with stacks of glossy paperbacks piled high in our hands, we ran around the train tracks yelling about free books, we wanted to spread the love of literacy. We interrupted young women, old women, old men, young boys, mothers, fathers, teens, skaters, workers, patrons, all lost in their day-to-day routine. We did this to give them a break from their mundane lives and introduce them to a new pastime that could change their lives, just like it has changed ours.
We’ve been loving some of the DIY bookends we’ve seen around the internet, and the fact that so many of them are made from things found just lying around the house (or Dollar Store/flea market!) makes them even cooler. You might even have the supplies on hand to make some yourself!
Here are five of our recent favorite ideas:
1. Use toys! (via Brassy Apple)
This DIY-er took a plastic toy elephant and spray-painted it pink to make her bookshelf a little on the wild side. Here’s the how-to.
2. Use an old vinyl record! (via homesessive)
Dip a record in boiling water to bend it, making it the perfect shape for your shelf! Here’s the tutorial.
3. Use rocks! (via Design Sponge)
Collect rocks from around your house, spray paint them gold, and glue them together! Full instructions here.
4. Use phones! (via A Beautiful Mess)
Two flea-store phones + metal + screws = this gorgeous addition to your shelf! Get the step-by-step.
5. Use garden decorations! (via Sweetsuite10)
This craft-er took two lion figurines, intended to grace a garden, spray painted them white, and let them guard her shelves instead! Instructions here.
Which ones are your favorites? Do you think you might try any of these out at home? We’d love to see them, if so! Happy crafting!
THAT’S IT! I’m making everyone bookends as gifts from now on.
Look at them! So cool! Old records! Rocks! Wow!