<p>Here's the announcement from the official <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tolkiensociety.org/ed/libevent.html">Tolkien Society</a> about Tolkien Reading day... So, how are you celebrating? Me? I've embarked upon reading the entire Histories of Middle-earth...
Are you a young person with an interest in Tolkien?
Then Reading Day is designed for YOU
Tolkien Reading Day encourages the use of Tolkien's works in education and library reading groups, as this year's day falls on a Sunday the emphasis is on families reading together.
A chance for grownups and children to read together and share their thoughts about whatever stories by Tolkien they have read and to discover new ones. J.R.R. Tolkien's books appeal to all ages and readers worldwide find pleasure, entertainment and deep significance in his work.
Ideas for exploring Tolkien's books together and information packs are available online: <a href="http://www.tolkiensociety.org/ed/libevent.html" target="_blank">http://www.tolkiensociety.org/ed/libevent.html</a>
For children and adults reading together is fun, and stimulates good conversation, vocabulary development, an interest in history and for some an interest in linguistics. 25th March has significance to Tolkien's readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the 'War of the Ring' in "The Lord of the Rings." There's more to Tolkien than "The Lord of the Rings" though. Families and reading groups can enjoy the story of the dog "Roverandom" and his adventures on the moon or the mock-medieval rebellion of "Farmer Giles of Ham" complete with giants and dragons.
Launched in 2003 the reading day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages from Primary school children to University students and library users of all ages. Hence the circulation of this release to the media, educational press and county library services. Tolkien Reading Day Events
The Wellinghall Smial (greater Toronto, Ontario area) will be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day on March 24th, 2007. We will be at The Pickle Barrel at Yorkdale Mall (Toronto) at 1.00 pm for lunch, readings, discussion and laughs. All Ents and Entings are welcome. For more discussion about the event check out our forum at <a href="http://wellinghallsmial.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://wellinghallsmial.blogspot.com/</a>.
<strong>In the USA - Los Angeles:</strong>
The Tolkien Society Los Angeles Chapter will hold its annual JRR Tolkien Reading Day event on Saturday, March 24, from 3:00 pm until 5:30 pm in the Arcadia Public Library, located at 20 West Duarte Road in Arcadia.
And on Sunday, March 25, from 1:30pm until 4:30 pm at the Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library, located at 16244 Nordoff Street in North Hills.
Costumed volunteers will be reading selected works from JRR Tolkien, most notably from his famed "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Children can also participate in coloring and sing-a-longs.
For more information on this event, you can email JackiStevens AT yahoo DOT com
<strong>Tolkien Reading Day Related Events In Italy:</strong>
The Faggiorosso smial in Reggio Emilia, Italy are organising literary events on the following dates in different venues:
Tuesday 27 March 2007, 6:15pm
Farini Libreria, via Farini 1, Reggio Emilia
Thursday 29 March 2007, 9:15pm
Birreria Artù, via Tassoni 39A, Reggio Emilia
Saturday 28 April 2007, 4:15pm
380 Art&Jazz Industrie, via Dante 11 (ex Stalloni), Reggio Emilia
The smial will be reciting selected readings from 'The Hobbit', 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Smith of Wootton Major', including the mirror of Galadriel, Gandalf and the Balrog, and the arrival at the house of Beorn. All events are free, though the number of seats may be limited. The readings last about an hour / an hour and a half.