Call for Book Donations and Book-Giving Stories for International Book Giving Day 2013


We’re only a few days away from International Book Giving Day 2013 and preparations are underway.

Call for Book Donations

We are ‘gathering books’ for the children from Pertapis Home here in Singapore. Gently-used books for 12 years old children and below are gratefully accepted. As can be seen from their website:

The Children’s Home was established in 1991 as a gazetted home and a place of Safety under the Children and Young Persons Act. The home aims to provide a safe environment and a holistic development of the children. Children admitted are from the age of 4 to 12 years old.

Thus, it is meant to be a safe haven for disadvantaged children who can not be with their families for one reason or another.

We are arranging several drop-off points for those of you in Singapore who are eager to share some booklove. Just make sure that you look for me and SMS me so that you can find me in these locations:

  1. Books Actually (9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru) from 6-730 pm on Friday, 8 February 2013
  2. Hanis at the Central Public Library, Ground Level from 12-1 pm, Saturday, 9 February 2013
  3. Alternative arrangements can be made for those who can not make it during the timing indicated in (1) and (2). Just email me at gatheringbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Call for Book-Giving Stories

If you are thinking of being a Secret Valentine Book-Giving Santa and are planning on leaving books here, there, and everywhere, I would suggest that you check out the bookplates created especially for International Book Giving Day that can be found here. These are a few of my favorites:

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Created by the Amazing Emma Reynolds

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Created by the talented Nicola L. Robinson

Here are a few easy steps for your book-giving stories:

  1. Share a photo or story via Instagram or Twitter. Use the hashtag #giveabook.
  2. For those in Singapore/Philippines/San Diego USA you can email me your stories [ gatheringbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com ] and I shall compile them as part of the Singapore/Philippines/San Diego USA Story and post it here. Or you can email to amy (dot) broadmoore (at) gmail (dot) com to be shared on the International Book Giving Day’s Photos/Stories Website.
  3. Bloggers can also participate in the International Book Giving Day Blog Hop. Just write a post about how you celebrated International Book Giving Day. On 21 February, add a link to your post (check out the IBGD website). Parents, teachers, librarians, authors, and all bibliophiles around the globe are invited to share their book-giving stories and how you all celebrated.

Connect with Book Lovers and Bibliophiles around the Globe for IBGD

International Book Giving Day Website




Use hashtags #giveabook or #IBGD[location] (e.g. #IBGDSingapore)

Share the Love of Reading on Valentine’s Day. Give a Book. 

11 comments on “Call for Book Donations and Book-Giving Stories for International Book Giving Day 2013

  1. Bummer I am in Perth Australia and have a heap of books I could donate, but too expensive to send there 😦


  2. The bookplates are perfect, for my own plan to give away books as pay-it-forward initiative. Thanks for sharing!


    • Hi Santhi, I actually printed out a few and gave some away. I also saved several for those who will be sharing/donating their books. Arent they the cutest? hope to meet you soon!


  3. Okay, I’m in…any words of advice as to where I should donate…here in the U.S. or to you?


    • Hi Tara dearest, there are several US bloggers who are part of the IBGD team but I am not too sure whether they are organizing a book drive. But your lovely thoughts are much much appreciated. You could be a Super-Duper-Secret-Valentine-Santa and leave books around for kids/adults to find them! 🙂


  4. This is a great program! The book plates are nice! 🙂


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