World Book Day 2013
THE 2013 WORLD BOOK DAY CELEBRATIONS IN NORTH-WEST PROVINCE
“A book does not hold value until it is read” Stakeholders within the book value chain play an important role in encouraging a culture of reading, providing access to books and creating an appreciation for the value of books by contributing towards a literate and educated nation.
In its effort to encourage the culture of reading, writing, publishing and easy access to books for all, the Centre for the Book in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Education, South African Booksellers Association, Publishers' Association of South Africa, City of Cape Town Libraries, Wordsworth, Department of Arts and Culture, South African Book Development Council, Library and Information Association of South Africa and Edulis are organizing the 2013 World Book Day celebrations.
World Book Day is an internationally recognised event that celebrates books and a love for reading. The South African theme for 2013: In books I find.... identifies with the significant meaning and value a book holds and can be achieved with books and the power of reading. Empowerment, knowledge, choices, adventure, inspiration, imagination; are just some of the things one can find in books. What do you find?
The World Book Day planning committee is very excited about the anticipated programme for 2013 and is encouraging all stakeholders and communities to actively participate in inculcating a culture of reading and amplifying the importance of reading. Approximately 30 000 World Book Day posters will be designed, printed and distributed to schools and public libraries around the country.
To raise awareness about the official event, a Door – Door Reading Campaign is organized for the day before the official celebration. (22nd April 2013) The host province (North-West), will choose a village for campaigners to donate books to pre-schools, schools, public libraries and households. The idea behind the book donation is to provide access to books where there is little or no reading culture. The Door-Door Reading Campaign is a humbling experience and the appreciation from the community is very encouraging and inspiring.
The following day (23rd April 2013) is the formal celebration where speakers are invited to emphasize the importance of reading. This day consist of reading activities, traditional dances and plays to celebrate the culture of reading books.
Here are some tips on how you get involved and promote the day:
- Donate books for the door-door campaign
- Be a World Book Day ambassador and promote reading in communities
- Participate in story readings at schools
- Initiate a book collection drive and donate the books to schools or libraries
- Adopt a library and restore it
- Accompany children to the library and make reading fun
- Organize an event and invite speakers to talk about the importance of reading
ISSUED By: Centre for the Book
For further information please contact:
Sonwabile Kanzi at (021) 423 2669 Cell: 073 2579 122
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