LBC Loves: Read for RNIB Day

by Jamie Klingler

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I honestly can’t imagine what life would be like if I weren’t able to enjoy books and reading. Enormously different, and far poorer for starters.

So I’m thoroughly behind the good work of the good people at RNIB who are making books accessible to blind and partially sighted people.

One of their main events is Read for RNIB Day, which happens this Friday, 11th October, the idea of which is to get people all over the UK to share their love of reading with those who’re blind or partially sighted. The day is to highlight the fact that just 7% of books are fully accessible to blind and partially sighted people. Read for RNIB Day aims to raise money to change this statistic for the better.

They’ve got all kinds of fundraising suggestions for people who want to get involved, but their big campaign this year is their Reading Group Challenge, asking book clubs and reading groups all over the country to focus on a book which features a blind or partially sighted character.

There’s a suggested list of books to choose from, and clubs that do take part will be sent exclusive discussion points from the chosen authors. What the RNIB would love people to do is to donate the price of the selected book to Read For RNIB Day.

To register and learn more about the books this year (which are Star Gazing by Linda Gillard, She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick, Girl Stolen by April Henry, Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson, Mole Sunrise by Jeanne Willis and Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend), go to www.readforrnib.org.uk/challenge.

They’re tweeting over at @RNIB_Read and the hashtag for Friday is #ReadforRNIB. We’ll put one of these on our shortlist for consideration for November, but if any LBC members or book lovers out there want to donate in the meantime, you can go online here to help everyone enjoy the books that most of us take for granted.

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