I guess this blog does tend to sound rather dry at times - just as the image of a librarian remains rather 'dusty and old-fashioned' - but I spent my life as an enthusiastic sharer, and I have to share this with anyone who loves books.
For ten years now, thousands of people have set themselves the challenge of writing 50,000 fictional words in November. A simple goal, really. I didn't say easy! Just simple to understand.
Like a marathon. Simple enough. Run 26 miles, taking as long as you like. Straightforward. :-)
NaNoWriMo (national Novel Writing Month).
Even if you don't want to write, right now, you can contribute funds towards outreach programs for young people; you can promote the event (buy the T-Shirt); spread the word. To really feel a sense of completion, I even published my last two (using Lulu) and although I don't expect to sell any, I really enjoy the process of designing and laying out a book, commissioning covers from the fantastic Bobby Campbell, and eventually holding a real, tangible book in my hand! Other spin-off fun came from making videos on my progress (the story so far...) and getting interviewed for NaNo radio, etc. You will find a whole community of people meeting up for write-ins, and all sorts.
Update: If you don't feel sure about the value of this experience, read this article at Edutopia, about the effect on schools and teachers of the Young Writers program...