Nondlwana Street in Lower Crossroads was abuzz on Saturday, what with volunteers from a local reading club handing out free books to realise the dream of a reading nation. The Kwa Faku Vulindlela Reading Club hosted its first ever Book Street Jam where they not only handed out books to residents but engaged them on the importance of literature, reading and writing. Club founding member Malusi Ntoyapi said that this was the first of many events were the community will be encouraged about reading and writing. “We are a book club that started in 2011 and every Saturday learners from KwaFaku Primary and other schools come to the club. Emulate readingWe are doing good work with them but we must not forget that these children come from a community, so we need to spark the love for reading in the community. So we decided to go to the residents because the parent is the child’s teacher and if that teacher shows interest in literature the child can emulate it,” said Ntoyapi. He said that they had given away more than 1500 books which were donated by individuals and various organisations and individuals such FunDza, City Vision, Nal’ ibali, The Little Library, Exclusive Books Constantia and Pan Macmillan. Amazing observationNtoyaphi said that they were pleased to see people loving the activation with others even abandoning their errands to join in the book wave. “It was amazing to see how people would stop and enquire what was happening and taking a book. We had books for everyone from the young to the old. Our hope is that they take it further, children start their own book clubs at home and for parents to take a more active role,” he said. He said that their goal was to empower the child and make them feel like that their opinions is valued. “When children develop literacy, skills they stand a better chance of succeeding in life. Put more focus on the individual, teach them in a way that is best suited for them. We also try to be role models by coming to the club and spend our time with them,” he said. He said the organisation will continue to host such activations to spread their message.