Tuesday, March 01, 2016

National Library Week Starts Next Week. How Are You Commemorating It?

 Photography by Otshepeng Buckwalter (Baby)
The South African National Library Week starts next week, taking place from the 11 - 21 March 2016. According to the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), the national launch is to be held on Friday 11 March 2016 in Mandeni, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

"LIASA through its diverse membership is driving the process to make SA Library Week a celebration of our country’s intellectual and literacy heritage.  Libraries across the country use this annual event as an opportunity to market their services to the users, the broader community, civil society and also decision makers," LIASA says on its website
  SA Library Week was initiated in 2001 by LIASA to be a commemorative period recognized by government when all types of libraries across the country use it as an opportunity to market their services in an effort to contribute to the understanding of the important role that libraries play in a democratic society, advancing literacy, making the basic human right of freedom of access to information a reality, and to promote tolerance and respect among all South Africans. 

This year I'm going to join them to commemorate National Library Week:

  • I'm donating some books and magazines to young community members in Phokeng, where I live. We've already started spreading the word at the community meeting and through our WhatsApp group.
  • I'm updating my old free children's stories and poetry blog. So far I've done the look and feel, but I also plan to post some free stories there throughout the Library Week.
  • I'm blogging about National Library Week
  • I would also like to ask you to blog about and encourage reading among our children. It's such a vital skill.

Are you going to commemorate National Library Week? Please share some of your planned activities in the comments. 


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