How about a “World Bookmark Day”?
Recently at the breakfast table, while reading the newspaper I came across a report telling about the proposal of a Swiss magazin to introduce a new “Grandparents Day”. Funny idea indeed, and we had a good discussion in the family. This brought me to the question: why not launch a bookmark day? Well, thinking about it I tried to imagine the reaction of somebody hearing the first time about a bookmark day. “What the hell! A bookmark day? Have the bookmarks got that much important that a day has to be devoted to them?” Yes, I would guess a majority of people would react in a similar way to this idea, and that reaction sounded rather discouraging in my ears. Thus I did not pursue the idea further.
Later on day a question popped up in my mind: “What the hell! Is that reaction bad at all?” At a closer look, I would say no, not at all. It shows only that somebody takes notice of a novelty. Don't we react in more or less the same way to most of the new things we encounter? Maybe it is exactly the reaction we would like to have: people taking notice of bookmarks. This is what brought me to write these lines and to confront you with the idea of a "World Bookmark Day”. What do you think about it? Is that a task for us, and is it worth to invest energy in such a project? Please write your comments, pro and contra, whatever you think, I’ll be happy to have your feedback. If somebody wishes to write more than a comment, you are welcome to write a blog post: please use the contact form on the right.
I could go on writing my further thoughts about such a project, however, I rather stop here and first read your comments in order to see what the general opinion is. Thank you for your comments.
Can the World Book Day be a model for us, or any other commemorative day?
No: no World Bookmark Day for me!
Nice as it would be to have a Day celebrating our favourite possessions, bookmarks do not have the same importance to humanity as the fields of social affairs and culture that feature in established Days. The latter are usually created or sponsored by official international institutions such as UNESCO and WHO. One might, however, consider having an IFOB Day to be developed by national library or booksellers’ associations.
I think I agree with Elly! All kidding aside, this would be a tall order to establish and needs a lot of work to have an impact. As a new group, our energy is better focused on the areas we've already outlined.
I'm agree with the idea of a World Bookmark Day, that would be nice!
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