4/15/2015

Fill the empty bookcases to support literacy! Make a donation to buy books for children in South Sudan!



Reading is a gift, reading is a fundamental human right! “The power of books to advance individual fulfilment and to create social change is unequalled”, says Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. Year by year on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day booklovers worldwide celebrate the power of the book. For the first time in 2015, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and its affiliates will be a part of it! Each ILAB Pop Up Book Fair will feature a large poster of an “empty bookcase”, symbolic book spines will be “sold” with the money from each going directly to UNESCO’s South Sudan Project. A donation of 3 US $ will send one book to a child in South Sudan, 15 US $ purchase a set of 12 school books for a classroom, and 500 US $ provide 45 school book collections for a rural community in Africa.

BOOKS CHANGE LIVES! Join us on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015! Enjoy the bibliophile treasures at the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs worldwide, get in contact with the ILAB booksellers and help us filling as many “empty bookcases” with symbolic book spines as possible to support literacy and to fulfill the human right to read all across the world!

What could be closer to the interests of all ILAB affiliates than literacy? What is more appropriate than to enable as many children and adults as possible throughout the world to read books? Book collectors start as book readers! If we are concerned about the future of the book and younger generations of collectors, we must start at the very beginning.

That’s why ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on April 23, 2015, will be more than just a fair: they will a venue for  raising money to fight illiteracy! UNESCO is the most powerful worldwide partner we could have, and the UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan deserve all our support.

There are three possibilities to donate money!

1. Visit the website of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Italy and make a donation to UNESCO via the ALAI web portal!

2. Visit the UNESCO website and make a donation online!

3. Visit the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs across the world and help fill the empty bookcases!

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