World Book Night 2013 has been and gone! Check out how it went here and then come back next year or speak to your local librarian to get involved for 2014.
Want to celebrate World Book Night in style but not sure what kind of event to put on?
Never fear, the Mix and Match pack is here!
Browse through the party pack for some quick tips to make your World Book Night party a success.
Let's get the party started!
To get your party planning started, set up a World Book Night planning group. This group will be responsible for all of the preparations:
As it's World Book Night, the theme of books and reading is already there but you could be more specific with the theme in terms of costume, decoration and even refreshments.
Some possible themes might be:
- Horror or vampires
- Detective (see Murder Mystery below)
- Anime/mange and Cosplay
If you're going to have a themed event, you can ask people to come in costume and you can decorate the library appropriately, plus you can have themed refreshments (blood punch, anyone?)
All of the activities can be adapted to your theme just by selecting books and poems to suit the genre that you've adopted
These activities take a lot of planning and might take over the bulk of your party. Each one is like a filling main course at a dinner party, so there's a separate resource for each of them. Click on the links below to find out more:
Smaller activities can be put together to make a varied and fun party. They're more like tapas or canapes and you'll need a few to keep the party going.
For ease, they're divided into three sections:
We all know that the one of the best ways to get people to come to your event is to put on a spread of delectable treats. The old rules about not eating in the library have to be ignored when you're inviting a bunch of hungry teenagers into a special event so make sure you spend some time thinking about the refreshments that will be served at your World Book Night party.
There's nothing wrong with serving some old party favourites at your World Book Night event. Who wouldn't come out for pizza and crisps? But, if you're feeling more creative, why not see if you can theme your refreshments to match the occasion.
- Having a murder mystery event? Then why not serve some blood punch.
- Or, for a fairytale event, have some gingerbread men, edible houses and magic beans (but best leave the poisoned apples at home).
- To be really creative, invite your guests to bring along a culinary representation of their favourite book and have a competition to guess the title. Noughts and Crosses cake anyone?
If you're going to transform the library into the party venue of the year, then you're going to need to think about the ambience or atmosphere.
That said, what could be a better backdrop for a World Book Night party, than shelf after shelf of books?
Get your creative team thinking about how to make a party atmosphere with:
You can do quite a lot with some balloons and streamers if the lighting and music are right but don't forget about the World Book Night theme.
Display some World Book Night books around the room and put up some World Book Night posters. You can download World Book Night resources from www.worldbooknight.org
It's no good organising the best event your town has ever seen if no-one knows about it, so spend a large portion of your time promoting your event.
Use a mix of traditional marketing tools and digital media to get your message across.
Flyers and Posters
This one is tried and tested and has the benefit of being an enjoyable creative process in itself. Use one of your team who has good design and IT skills to come up with an image and title that grabs the attention of anyone passing by.
Remember to include key information that answers the questions: what, when, where, who. You could also think about 'why' as this is what motivates people to attend. And spend some time thinking about 'how' for the logistics of things like transport.
Set up a team of people whose job it is to distribute flyers and posters to relevant places: schools, youth groups, cafes, shops or anywhere that young people hang out.
Write a Press Release
Send your press release to the local press and radio stations as well as to any local youth magazines.
(If you search the internet for 'Write a press release' you'll find lots of useful tips).
Sell, sell, sell
Use your team of young people as salespeople for tickets. Having to come into the library to buy a ticket might be one step too far for lots of young people but it is good to sell tickets (even if they're free) so that you've got an idea of how many people are planning to come.
Make a Book Trailer
You're really showing off your creative talents now, but a simple video trailer can draw people to your social networking sites and create a buzz about your event.
Make a Facebook Event
Create a Facebook page specifically for your event or create an event page. Link it to your group's main Facebook page and send the link as an invite to all your friends. You'll soon spread to word to all the young people in your local area.
And, again, it's a good way to get a sense of numbers.
Mention the event on Twitter and Facebook on a regular basis, say once a week in the build-up to the event and on a daily basis in the last week or so. Post photos of the preparation, or leak exciting details about what kind of refreshments there'll be or who'll be coming.
That's all folks!
Careful planning is key but, if you spend some time thinking about all of the elements involved, you're sure to have a great World Book Night party.
Happy World Book Night everyone!
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