Unlock the magic of books this September with #NBWturns10
In 2019, National Book Week (NBW), South Africa’s reading awareness week dedicated to encouraging reading and promoting books, marks a decade of influence on our country’s reading culture and the publishing industry. From 2 to 8 September, everyone is invited to rally behind this national reading awareness campaign, including you!
Celebrated in all nine provinces, our events will promote a key message: to encourage reading as a fun activity, with programmes in each province being tailored to meet local demands. The awareness campaign will include Indigenous Language Reading Festivals and a strong focus on promoting local authors as well as library awareness.
How will you celebrate reading this National Book Week?
President Cyril Ramaphosa in his 2019 SONA said:
“Fellow South Africans, if we are to ensure that within the next decade, every 10 year old will be able to read for meaning, we will need to mobilise the entire nation behind a massive reading campaign.”
#NBWturns10 provides the perfect opportunity for businesses, schools, religious groups, book clubs, parents and every other member of society to make a difference in the lives of those around them.
A 2016 study revealed that only 14% of South Africans actively read books, while an alarming 58% of households did not have a single leisure book. Together we can change these stats. Here are seven ways you can support National Book Week and contribute to social change in South Africa:
- Follow us on social media and share your content about reading and books.
Twitter: @NBW_SA | Facebook: National Book Week SA | Instagram: @nationalbookweeksa
- Download the official NBW collateral HERE and share it on your social media platforms encouraging people to celebrate books and reading from 2 to 8 September.
- #BUYABOOK: Visit any Exclusive Books or Bargain Books from 24 August to 8 September and purchase a book from our selected list for just R20. Donate it at the counter and we will make sure that it gets to those who need it most.
- Donate funds to #BUYABOOK: Every R20 makes a difference. This can be arranged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Arrange a visit to your local library to assist children, youth, adults and the elderly to become members of their local library.
- Visit the South African Book Fair from 6 to 8 September 2019 at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg for a magical experience with books.
- Celebrate reading in your community, school or at your place of work by hosting reading and storytelling related events or activations during National Book Week.