There is fun in reading

2019-02-05 06:20
Librarian Gcobani Tshangela reads an isiXhosa tale to the Grade 2 learners of Ellerton Primary School as part of World Read Aloud Day activities.PHOTOS: thabang Kuaho

Librarian Gcobani Tshangela reads an isiXhosa tale to the Grade 2 learners of Ellerton Primary School as part of World Read Aloud Day activities.PHOTOS: thabang Kuaho

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As the universe marked World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) on Friday 1 February, learners from Ellerton Primary School visited the Colin Eglin Sea Point Library to celebrate the day.

Scores of learners from different grades took turns to visit and learn from the librarians.

Librarian Gcobani Tshangela read a book in isiXhosa to Grade 2 learners, while Waseema Sydow played a counting game with the Grade 5 learners.

WRAD is celebrated annually at various libraries across the country to encourage young children to start reading at an early age.

Katherine Moon, senior librarian at Colin Eglin, said this is a great way of introducing children to the world of reading.

“Not only does reading open up your imagination, but it allows you to acquire vocabulary and knowledge too,” said Moon.

“Reading at an early age is crucial because everything in your life revolves around reading. One of the other benefits of reading is that you will learn to see other people’s opinions better.”

She said children’s vocabularies will continue to grow as they continue reading.

Moon said she is pleased with the number of children who visit the library to get books daily.“Every afternoon, we get over 30 children who come to utilise the library. We also have a friend of the library who runs a Pram Jam for toddlers and their guardians every Wednesday morning. They learn nursery rhymes, alphabets and numbers in a fun way.”

She mentioned that parents also often come to the library to get books for their children.

V For more information on World Read Aloud Day, visit


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