How to stay bookish while staying home

A reader’s guide for staying home during the coronavirus pandemic.


Many are being asked to #StayHome to help curb the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The disruption has uprooted just about every aspect of daily life, but that doesn’t mean readers have to stop being readers.

Like every corner of the world, the book industry has also been affected by the pandemic. That said, publishers, librarians, booksellers, authors and readers are coming together like never before to encourage the world to stay bookish while staying home.

We’ve put together a guide for readers, teachers, parents and writers to make them aware of the bookish resources and activities available to them while self-distancing.

For Readers

  • Keep meeting with your book club … over the internet: In-person interactions are best when it comes to clubs, but you can still connect and get a lot done over the internet — as many business have learned in the last week. Continue to meet with your local book club by scheduling virtual chats over platforms like Google Hangouts, Skype and Zoom.
  • Access free books from Simon Teen: Riveted, from Simon Teen, is offering a nice long list of free books. The books will be available on their website through April and include selections from authors like Cassandra Clare.

For Teachers and Parents

For Writers

For Everyone

  • Hogwarts Digital Escape Room: A librarian at the Peters Township Public Library has brought escape rooms online with this neat Harry Potter-themed escape room. Hop on Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts to connect with friends and take on the challenge together.

How are you staying bookish while staying at home?

Let us know in the comments! And if you know of something that needs to be on this list, reach out to @SAULMARQ and we’ll add it!

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