National Book Week / Day 2
National Book Week, the reading awareness juggernaut rolled over to the Free State on Day 2 where children from Lerapo Primary School and Leratswana High School participated in day long activities at the Leratswana Public Library in Arlington. Our team was warmly welcomed by Mzwandile Radebe, Principal & Librarian of Leratswana High School and our gracious host. As usual our inimitable campaign mascot Funda Bala set the pace for the kids particularly the Grade R’s who refused to leave his side, singing alongside him, bursting into peals of laughter every time Funda Bala tried to dance. The day’s activities included word and dancing games, storytelling as well as a mobisite demo, an online platform where children and adults can access free books. We never let our children go home empty handed. They received books, pencils and erasers as gifts. Besides, they also took home a valuable lesson from our host, Principal Radebe who said, “Reading starts at home and parents have a huge role to play by making it fun and reading with the children.”
We don’t disagree.
Northern Cape hosted us at the Nonzwakazi Multipurpose Centre and Libra Library in Malay Camp, De Aar. Associate Head of Rhodes University’s Creative Writing Programme Dr Hleze Kunju accepted our invitation to be the ambassador and was a star attraction. The Department of Education’s mobile library was also the centre of attention with eager readers queuing up to read through the books. Afrikaans and isiXhosa storytellers and poets held the audience spellbound with their oratory and words. Cotlands hosted a workshop for ECD trainers and librarians. We would like to give a big round of applause for our hosts for organising books in braille. Mrs Dyantyi, District Manager, Department of Arts and Culture also graced the occasion.
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