third edition «Sentim les libreries», Invisible friend, which encourages the purchase of books, broke the record for participation in a total of 70 bookstores.
The initiative was born in 2020 as a great solidarity invisible friend destined to support the bookstores of the city of Valencia, in the context of the Covid pandemic. Later, with the support of the FULL Foundation (Fundación pel Llibre i la Lectura), this project was extended to the entire Valencian territory “threatened by major online sales platforms” to promote reading and local trade. this entity in a statement.
The game consists of giving a book to an invisible friend by purchasing it from a local bookstore, and at the same time getting a copy from an unknown person. Everything that appears in the record of each of the parties, to the delight of both parties.
Thus, the participants create an exchange of reading between unknown people, but united by their love of books. The aim of the initiative is to motivate the purchase of local businesses, thereby creating a neighborhood network.
In addition, the figure of the local bookstore or bookstore prescribing readings is “strengthening by building community through a mysterious and fun game that broke records this year” with 70 participating booksellers across the Valencian Community.
To participate you need to go to www.sentimlesllibreries.com and follow the instructions and fill out the form. The registration period ends on May 2.
In its third edition, this cultural initiative refreshes the image with strokes and brushstrokes by renowned illustrator Inma Carpena.
Some Alicante booksellers, such as 80 Mundos, have already confirmed their participation in this initiative.