ETHEKWINI Municipal Libraries in partnership with Amanzimtoti Sports Centre hosted a One City One Book Fun run at Amanzimtoti Sports ground on the March 13 as part of many programs aimed at encouraging the citizens of eThekwini to read.The program saw scores of people participating in the 5 km trail run and walk in order to stay healthy and fit while also being encouraged to read under the premise that a healthy body and a reading mind equals to a progressive individual.The Head of Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Unit Thembinkosi Ngcobo spoke at length on the importance of reading stating that people are encouraged to write but one cannot write if they do not read and it is important that people read because a nation of readers is a developing nation and as such a nation that doesn’t read does not develop nor prosper. The PRC unit and Libraries and Heritage Department would like to congratulate all those who won the race but most importantly thank everybody who participated including Municipal staff who came out to support and participate as well. All stakeholders who contributed to the success of the day, Amanzimtoti Sports Centre, EThekwini Sports Department, the local schools namely, Amanzimtoti High School, Mbambangwe High School, Academy of Christian Excellence, Zuzumqele High School and Durban School for the Hearing Impaired. Their commitment ensured that the day became a resounding success. It is worth noting that the winners among the prizes were also given a copy of the book chosen for the current campaign of One City One Book titled The Pavement Bookworm by Philani Dladla which highlights various social challenges facing our society currently, such as issues of drug abuse, life of youth in the streets as the author came face to face with these issues and how books helped him recover from drug addiction. Copies of the book are available in all 92 libraries for all to borrow and read. Staff members of various council departments are encouraged to participate in such programs designed to promote reading as libraries seek to reach all corners of eThekwini encouraging citizens to read and the success of that also depends on the participation of internal stakeholders as much as it is with external stakeholders. Another One City One Book program is coming in June 2018 and communication with all relevant details will be sent out to all soon. — Supplied.