Why not share your love for books and create a book club or an author appreciation society? Ask residents to book swap and read excerpts from a sample of their top ten books. Reading aloud and assigning everyone a character can be fun. Who is the most popular writer of residents at your home? Local authors might also like to hold a book fair at your home today - invite them in to read, display, sign and sell books to the community in your own mini literary festival.
Below are 8 ideas for celebrating Book Lovers Day
1. Read Aloud – help a resident choose a favourite book of theirs, maybe from their childhood such as Wind in the Willows which is often a popular choice! Then agree a time together each week where you read another chapter, something for them to really look forward to. This could also incorporate a mini relax session where you use the diffuser and offer some guided meditation.
2. Library Trolley – organise a Library trolley with book donations and assign a resident the ‘job’ as a librarian where they organise the books for the trolley each week and visit rooms and lounges offering books out. This could also lead to them offering to read to a less able or poorly resident.
3. Library Trip – organise a One to One special library trip to ask for donations for your Library Trolley and ask about any other assistance that they may be able to offer.
4. Book Club – hold a regular cosy book club for residents to socialise, maybe read a chapter of the same book together and discuss afterwards over some coffee and cake.
5. Writing – do you have any previous or budding authors amongst you? It may be nice to approach a local author and see if they would be happy to visit and then see if you could either have a feature/name drop in a forthcoming book or even assist in writing a chapter!
6. Library visit – a group visit to the Library to look for that special book that may not have been read for years, offers a great opportunity for reminiscing whilst getting out and about.
7. arrange visits from the local mobile library to the home – as well as lending out books they also have dvd’s and cd’s.
8. Visit a traditional Bookshop - the smells and sights of an old book shop, floor to ceiling in books, could bring back a lot of old memories for some people. Also wouldn’t it be great to have one of your residents starting to volunteer once a week?
In brighterkind care homes, we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them: ‘Magic Moments’. For more about our Magic Moments Club for residents, please visit: https://www.brighterkind.com/about-us/recreation-and-activity Activities are personalised and reflect the interests and hobbies of our nursing care, residential care and dementia care residents.