March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day

From the official Tolkien Society:

 

25th March is Tolkien Reading Day!

Tolkien Reading Day encourages the use of Tolkien's works in education and library reading groups, in 2008 this is just after Easter so the emphasis is on reading for pleasure with family or friends.

J.R.R. Tolkien's books appeal to all ages and readers worldwide find pleasure, entertainment and deep significance in his work.

Tolkien Reading Day is a chance for grownups and children to read together and share their thoughts about stories by Tolkien that they have read and to maybe discover new ones.

Ideas for exploring Tolkien's books together are available online and in hard copy

For children and adults reading together is fun, and stimulates good conversation, vocabulary development, an interest in history and for some an interest in linguistics. 25th March has significance to Tolkien's readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the 'War of the Ring' in "The Lord of the Rings." There's more to Tolkien than "The Lord of the Rings" though. Families and reading groups can enjoy the story of the lost dog "Roverandom" and his adventures on the moon or the mock-medieval rebellion of "Farmer Giles of Ham" complete with giants and dragons.

Members of the public (or libraries and schools wishing to hold an event near to rather than on the 25th) can contact the Society for free posters and help with publicising their event.

Requests for posters or queries regarding this Press Release should be addressed to:

Ian Collier, Publicity Officer, 22 Oaklands Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 0DS UK

e-mail publicity AT tolkiensociety DOT org

Launched in 2003 the reading day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages from Primary schoolchildren to University students and library users of all ages. Hence the circulation of this release to the webmedia, media, educational press and county library services.

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