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2015-04-30 14:45
Mayoral committee member Belinda Walker reads to children in the Company’s Garden in celebration of World Book Day.
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Mayoral committee member Belinda Walker reads to children in the Company’s Garden in celebration of World Book Day. PHOTO: supplied

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Getting lost in the pages of a book.

This pastime will be promoted as part of the City’s World Book Day celebrations this week.

More than 800 pupils from Grades 1 to 3 will gather in the Company’s Garden for the Central Library’s storytelling festival.

They will be joined by Belinda Walker, City mayoral committee member for community services and special projects.

“World Book Day is aimed at raising the literacy levels in our country and the best place to start is with our young people,” she says.

“The City’s World Book Day events form part of our efforts to create an opportunity city, by improving literacy levels and instilling a love of reading in our younger generation.

“It is said that when you open a book, you are able to enter a whole new world.

“When we read to our children from a young age, we encourage them to become ­enthusiastic learners and confident readers, writers and speakers,” Walker says.

Primary schools that will participate in the storytelling festival in the Company’s Garden include Zonnebloem Boys and Girls, St Paul’s, Holy Cross, Mollenbeek and Sea Point.

However, those who are not close by can still enjoy the festival.

Other libraries that will offer special events or storytelling sessions include Westridge, Woodstock, Brackenfell, Eerste River, Goodwood, Gordon’s Bay, Koeberg and Pinelands.

Listening to stories assists in the development of literacy and language skills and stimulates the imagination, she continues.

“Literacy is a tool that can be used to empower oneself and in turn others. It unlocks a door to learning that, once opened, can never be closed again.

“Once the basics are mastered – reading, writing and articulation – the literate individual is able to access information and engage with others in a manner that can broaden horizons and present new and different opportunities.”

Residents are encouraged to contact the ­library in their area for details.V

To attend the sessions at the Westridge library call 021 392 3720, fax 021 391 3110 or email westridge.­library@capetown.gov.za

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