Reading session enthrals kids

2016-05-05 06:00
 Mam’ Sindiwe Magona sharing a special moment with children during the World Book Day.

Mam’ Sindiwe Magona sharing a special moment with children during the World Book Day.

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Saturday, 23 April was World Book Day.

The day is organised annually by the United Nation Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO). The inaugural celebration of this day was on the 23rd of April 1995 and its objective was to promote books, reading, publishing and copyright.

For the 2016 instalment of the celebrations, the team at Kuyasa Public Library which is led by Principal Librarian Ms Thandiwe Mtshengu hosted a tantalising literary event which featured big names such as Mam’ Sindiwe Magona, Niq Mhlongo, local authors N. D Runeyi and Sipho Kekezwa on Friday the 22 of April 2016. They organised this in conjunction with Open Book and Lingua Franca, local organisations that promote literacy and poetry respectively.

Magona was billed to do story-telling and reading for young children in the morning. In a true Makhulu Magona style, she captivated her audience.

Children from surrounding schools and early childhood development centres appeared jovial and enjoyed the story telling sessions.

Magona encouraged the children to get library cards and take books home to read. She also offered to workshop the children’s grandmothers on how to write children’s stories.

In the afternoon Niq Mhlongo gave an inspirational talk about reading and writing. He started by sharing his life story as a youngster growing up in Soweto. He also shared his struggles about getting published in South Africa.

He said his first book Dog Eat Dog was rejected fifteen times by publishers before being published. He also urged would-be writers to persevere when trying to get their work published. Mhlongo said the first rule to being a writer is to read a lot.

Also on offer in the late afternoon was a poetry workshop facilitated by Mbongeni Nomkonwana of Lingua Franca. This was followed by an open mic session which sent poetry lovers snapping their fingers in frenzy.

A look of satisfaction was written all over Ms Mtshengu as the event concluded. Beaming with satisfaction, she said “it is a beginning of good things to come for Khayelitsha and surrounding areas. It is a way to open up this library to the community and encourage reading.

Our partnership with schools, ECD centers, senior’s, Open Book and Lingua Franca has resulted to the success of today.”

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