Humanist Action Kit
Celebrate National Literacy Month
September is National Literacy Month, a time to pick up a good book or article and explore new worlds. By helping people gain access to books and reading to and with each other, we can better engage in learning and help people see how their lives, community, and the world beyond are connected.
Useful Dates for September
Create a Little Library
Little libraries are popping up all over in front of people’s houses, schools, and community centers to make it easier for us to share the gift of reading. They offer an opportunity for anyone to add or take a book at their convenience without needing a library card, money, or to be mindful of open hours. You can make one out of a wooden box or cabinet and decorate it as you wish. Your group can make them together to use at home and see if you can keep one by your meeting location. Encourage members to keep the little library stocked and active.
Read to People who are Visually-impaired
Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy having books read to them. Volunteer with a senior center or organization that supports people with visual impairments. Consider choosing a banned or challenged book or one of our Humanist Press publications.
Organize a Book Drive
Support literacy by coordinating or donating to a book drive and help get more books to those who can’t afford them. The American Humanist Association will gladly accept books in good condition on topics pertaining to humanism (also atheism, philosophy, science, social justice) to send to our incarcerated members and prison humanist groups. Please send them to AHA ℅ Emily Newman, Education Coordinator. Or see if there’s a local school or community center for which you can organize a drive.
Invite an Author
Many of the humanists on the American Humanist Association Speakers Bureau have written great books about their work and research. They’d be happy to come talk with your group, sign books, and discuss humanism more deeply. You can organize your group to read and discuss the book first, then invite the author so you can more fully engage in discussion together. Some books come with recommended discussion questions for groups.
Social Media Toolkit
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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ― Frederick Douglass
“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.” ― Malcolm X
“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” ― Vera Nazarian