Books are said to be a person’s best friend as when there is no one to guide us, our books are always there to show us the right path in life. They always direct us to follow the moral values and principles of life. Everyone has a book which helped to change your life. A book never gives wrong advice to its reader and every book we read has a message to learn. In fact, a recent study shows that reading books has a positive impact on the brain.
When we read a book or listen to a story, the brain releases certain hormones that allow us to turn the story into our own idea and experience. This is known as ‘neuro coupling’. The brain releases ‘happy hormone’ and we start perceiving the story as our own and as a result, all the areas of the brain are activated in this process.
Books are a great source of knowledge for us and they play an important role in the lives of students. Hence to make students understand the importance of books and reading and to create their interest in reading schools and colleges organize various activities and events such as essay writing, speech, debate, quiz, group discussion, fancy dress competition, free books, reading sessions on the World Books Day.
The information in this article will help you write the essay speech on World Books and copyrights day and the celebration ideas, assembly activities, costume and outfit ideas will help for the competitions. So, let’s start.
World Books and Copyrights Day 2019 Theme, Celebration Ideas, Activities
What is ‘Copyright’?
Copyright refers to the legal right of the owner of intellectual property. In simpler terms, copyright is the right to copy. This means that the creator of the intellectual property reserves the right to restrict its product from being copied without his/her consent. Under Copyright law, a work is considered as original if it is created using one’s own creativity without any duplication.
Copyright is generally restricted to ideas that can be written down in a physical form or are tangible. When a person creates an original work that can be compiled in a physical format, it automatically gets copyrighted and only the creator reserves the exclusive rights to use or transfer the work. In this case, audio-visual work, sound recordings, and musical compositions, books, paintings, etc. can be copyrighted.
Introduction of World Books and Copyrights Day
The World Books and Copyrights Day is also called as World Books Day. The basic idea to celebrate April 23 as the World Books and Copyrights Day is that this day marks the birth and death anniversary of many well-known writers, including Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Maurice Druon, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Haldor Kiljan Laxness, Manuel Mejía Vallejo, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and William Shakespeare.
Keeping the significance of this day in mind, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s General Conference held in Paris in 1995 chose this date to pay tribute to books, the authors who wrote them, and the copyright laws that protect them.
This day was introduced to encourage and develop a habit of reading and also to explore the joy of reading. This day is dedicated to the writers to glorify their contribution to society. It gives us an opportunity to appreciate the dynamism of books and how they can impact our lives for the better. Owing to this, it becomes necessary for us to admire books and those who produce them.
Each year, UNESCO along with international publishers, booksellers, and libraries, cultural institutions come together on a global platform and choose the World Book Capital for a one-year period. Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital initiate various activities to promote books and book-reading and organize events over the year, starting with the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day (23 April). It is a worldwide celebration of books and book-reading and is celebrated in more than 100 countries.
History of World Books and Copyrights Day
This day came into existence in the year 1995 at the UNESCO’s General Conference held in Paris. The UN declared 1995 as the Year of Tolerance and the conference was dedicated to this theme. The delegates present at the conference felt a need to mark a day annually to spread the message of tolerance worldwide and what better than books could contribute to diffuse this message.
Therefore, a day to celebrate books, authors and copyrights came to light globally. The date chosen was April 23 as this date is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
World Books Capital 2019
Since 2001, UNESCO chooses a World Book Capital. In the first year Madrid, Spain was chosen as the capital followed by Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), Wrocław (2016) and Conakry(2017).
Athens, Greece was chosen as the 18th World Book Capital by the UNESCO for the quality of its activities carried out in this field. The aim is to make the city’s entire population, including migrants and refugees exposed to Books and book-reading.
Purpose and Importance of the World Books Day
World Books and Copyrights Day is a day dedicated to applaud and acknowledge books and authors and to motivate people to explore the pleasure of reading with a hope that this will establish respect for those great authors who have made commendable contributions towards social and cultural betterment.
In some years, the UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded. It is believed that over a period of time people will understand and abide by the copyright laws and other measures to protect the integrity of the intellectual property.
World Books Day 2019 Theme
The theme for this year 2018 was “READING, it’s my right!”, and it will be a great chance to celebrate it with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This popular event is an opportunity to create public awareness about books and reading. On this occasion, UNESCO embraces and invites professionals and intellectuals to exchange their views and share ideas on literature.
Interesting Fun Facts about World Books Day
- The Library of Alexandria contained 500,900 great works of literature, science and other works, and was partially destroyed in 48 AD.
- Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1440, bringing the book into the Industrial Age.
- The Gutenberg Bible was the first product made by Gutenberg’s printing press.
- Books were written on papyrus in Egypt, wax plates in Rome and on silk in China.
- The earliest surviving book is from 2400 BC and was found in Egypt.
- In 1621, the first English-language newspaper was published; The Corante.
- In 1653, the first American library was established in Boston.
- In 1709, the authors received their first legal protection when England introduced the Copyright Act.
- In 1935, IBM introduces the first electric typewriter.
- The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien has sold more than 100 million copies.
- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis have sold between 50 and 100 million copies.
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes has sold more than 500 million copies.
Famous Quotes and Slogans on Books and Reading
Here is a list of book-related quotes and slogans.
- Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ~Mark Twain
- Let books be your dining table, And you shall be full of delights. Let them be your mattress. And you shall sleep restful nights. ~Author Unknown
- A book reads the better which is our own and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog’s ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins. ~Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia, 1833
- Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx
- A good book should leave you…slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. ~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958
- The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~James Bryce
- A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend. ~Author Unknown
- I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. ~Groucho Marx
- You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney
- It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. ~Oscar Wilde
How is World Books and Copyrights Day celebrated?
A variety of activities are conducted at all levels worldwide to promote reading and to spread the value of books in an individual’s life and in the society as a whole. Events include relay readings of books and plays; literary competitions; and activities to promote the understanding of laws on copyright.
Also, the Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded for novels and books that create tolerance and peace at the international level. Social media has already made the event extremely popular among the people who share their ideas and creativity through these platforms and spread the movement.
Celebration Ideas, Assembly Activities, Costume and Outfit Ideas for World Books Day
To make discussions and book-reading fun activities, educational workshops for children, literary meetings and other cultural events are conducted.
- Fancy Dress Competition (Costume, Outfit Ideas for Babies, Boys, Girls, Adults)
Primary, secondary schools and colleges organize fancy dress competition where the participants have to dress as a character from any book. The participants have to wear an outfit or costume that resembles a famous character in the book. To take it a one step forward the participant can talk, walk, behave like the character and also recite the character’s popular lines, quotes from the book. For example, students can choose their favourite character from their favourite book such as Harry Poter, superhero comics, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc.
- Free Books for Everyone
Schools and colleges can also organize an event where they give away free books for everyone. Students can also donate their old book to the event so that there will be more books for people.
- Exchange your Books
Teachers can conduct an activity where students will exchange their books among themselves which they have completed reading.
- Exhibitions for the display of unpublished posters by renowned artists around the world are conducted.
- Writing workshop for children, hosted by professionals to enhance their ability to write.
- Quizzes to update the intellectual knowledge of children.
- Street plays for giving a practical demonstration of stories.
World Books and Copyrights Day has gained wide popularity in the last few years as it is an event aimed to promote the habit of reading books and keeping the tradition of book reading alive. Books act as the mirrors of society and reflection of the past that tells us about our culture, heritage, and glory. So, this day must be celebrated as any other important day in the world with the same enthusiasm and energy.
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