Challenged to tell stories

2016-09-27 06:00
From left: Vincent Voegt, Shane Evans, Tracey Muir-Rix, Karen Van der Heyden, Sharon Roman and Blondie Mazingi.

From left: Vincent Voegt, Shane Evans, Tracey Muir-Rix, Karen Van der Heyden, Sharon Roman and Blondie Mazingi.

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Ottery Library recently celebrated their Sixth Open Book Festival.

The Open Book Cape Town at The Fugard Theatre is an annual literary festival, the first of which happened in 2011.

Head librarian Tracey Muir-Rix says this year they invited around 80 Grade 3 pupils from Stephen Road Primary to join in the festivities.

“We invited them to meet and greet two international illustrators, Shane Evans from the United States of America and Benjamin Chaud from France. The children spent the morning listening to stories as well as interacting with these amazing illustrators,” Muir says.

Evans and Chaud then demonstrated how they go about creating their masterpieces and the children got to illustrate and create a story.

“This was an amazing opportunity for the community children to interact with real illustrators and our international guests received a hearty South African greeting as the children welcomed them to Ottery Library and South Africa,” Muir-Rix enthuses.

This year the event also coincided with National Book Week, which is a successful reading campaign run by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in partnership with the Department Of Arts and Culture.

“Reading statistics report that only 14% of the South African population are active book readers, and a mere five percent of parents read to their children.

“National Book Week is an important initiative in encouraging the nation to value reading as a fun and pleasurable activity and to showcase how reading can easily be incorporated into one’s daily lifestyle,” a statement reads.

Muir-Rix adds: “Ottery Library is committed to increasing a passion for reading through storytelling and we are currently planting these seeds in the community by doing storytelling at Justin Road and Rooikappie crèche.

“We encourage parents to bring their children to the library and become members as a library card gives our children access to a world of magic and learning,” V For more information call Ottery Library on 021 703 6663.

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