Indigenous Literacy Day is coming up on Wednesday 3 September, and you can contribute by organising the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’sGreat Book Swap challenge at your school, book club or workplace. The Great Book Swap is a fundraising event where you bring along one of your favourite books, and for a gold coin donation you can swap it for someone else's.

It works well in all kinds of organisations. It is easy to organise, it celebrates books and reading, and it raises much need funds for the Foundation's literacy work. All the money raised is donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

How to organise a Great Book Swap in six steps
  1. Register on their website.
  2. Choose when you'd like to hold your swap – we recommend Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday, 3 September 2014.  You need to arrange a space with a table to display the books for swap and nominate some helpers.
  3. Invite your participants to choose one of their favourite books to place in the swap. Participants can let the new owner know why they cherished the book on a Book Swap bookplate. Ask your participants to bring the book in advance of your swap. 
  4. Advertise your swap in your newsletter, through Facebook and/or Twitter, and through this website.
  5. On the day, display the books brought in by participants. You can hold your book swap in conjunction with a morning tea, or invite an Indigenous author in to talk about their writing.
  6. Send donations raised to ILF.
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