On April 23, Book and Copyright Day is celebrated, and many events and activities related to literature are organised. Whether they are small or large events, it is necessary to organise them carefully, plan them, and have the required tools.
In this article, discover ideas for events you can organise to celebrate Book and Copyright Day and helpful tips to make them successful.
1. Organise a book fair
Book fairs with stands or stalls from various publishers, bookstores, organisations, etc., usually last about a week, not only on April 23.
Like any other trade show, organising this event is more cumbersome than the others that we will present here. In particular, you will have to manage the authorisations for the exhibition installation, the stand providers, the activities program within the exhibition, and a well-thought communication plan! You have two main types of customers: exhibitors and visitors, and you will need to establish a comprehensive communication plan for each of them.
Visitor access is generally free at these events. Still, you will need to manage exhibitor requests for participation, payment for stands, and their location (which may depend on the price paid). With a registration management platform, you can also sell exhibition spaces, even off-plan.
2. Organise a book signing
Book signings are one of the highlights of Book and Copyright Day. It’s a great time for writers and readers to meet outside the book pages.
Plan book signings by adapting the format to the event’s objectives: is it a way to present the book and sell more copies? Is it simply an act of loyalty and a meeting with readers who are already big fans?
If you are waiting for many people and want to avoid long queues and reader frustration, you can use an online registration solution!
To limit the wait and manage the flow of attendance, you can create sessions with limited quotas (for example, 15 people per half hour, by creating slots for registration).
In addition to the convenience and peace of mind that this brings everyone, registering attendees allows you to collect their contact information so that you can, for example, inform them of the publication of a new book by the same author or recommend other books of the same genre.
3. Organise a storytelling event
To introduce children to literature, using a storyteller is a good idea.
Look for an appropriate space where the person telling the stories can be nearby, to capture children’s attention better. Using puppets or other visual elements is not essential because the activity aims to stimulate children’s imagination. On the other hand, it is interesting that children participate actively in the activity by repeating sentences, answering questions, or singing songs.
Promote your event in libraries, bookstores, or children’s stores to ensure its success.
From a management perspective, whether you’re organising a free or paid storytelling event, pre-registration will help you organise and adapt the space in advance. Even if you indicate an age range in your communications, you can ask for the age of the children on a registration form to find out if most of them are in the upper or lower age group and adapt the activity accordingly.
4. Organise workshops for children
In addition to storytelling, you can organise other types of workshops for children on the theme of books. They can be very varied and range from reading-aloud workshops or even acting to crafts activities related to books, such as making bookmarks.
5. Organise a solidarity event
Book and Copyright Day is a significant opportunity to defend universal access to culture.
Any event promoting reading already goes in this direction, but you can also organise a solidarity event to raise funds for a cause related to culture, education, books…
If you are already organising another event, you can also add a solidarity dimension and use the reach of your event to support a cause by raising funds for it.
6. Organise a book club
Why not make Book and Copyright Day the first day of a book club? You can organise a one-day book club or a book club regularly, for example, monthly, starting this day.
Choose a book (or books) to read. You can collaborate with a publishing house, authors… to get books for participants at special prices. It is good to enrich your book club with an expert in literature or a particular subject covered in the book to guide the sessions.
Manage book club registrations using an online platform. In the registration form, you can include, as an optional product, the purchase of the book. This will allow you to organise necessary orders and manage online payments at the same time.
7. Organise a writing workshop
What better day for a book lover than 23 April to start writing? You don’t have to want to become a writer to enjoy a creative writing workshop. With a good teacher who presents reference books, explains techniques, and offers interesting exercises, it will be an enriching experience for all participants.
You can organise a few hours-long workshop or a course over several sessions, starting on Book and Copyright Day. To prepare the materials, adjust the class dynamics, and manage the payment for the workshop, it will be helpful to have an online platform to manage payments and collect participant data.
Create a registration form in which you ask for the course’s level, objectives and expectations, and preferred authors or genres… Think carefully about what data will be helpful to you! There is no point in creating a very long form if the information requested is unimportant or you do not intend to use it.
Weezevent helps you organise your Book Day activities by offering simple and effective solutions for online ticket sales and registration, access control and communication with your audience through emailing and customer relationship management tools.