World Book Day is an annual event celebrated on 23 April, throughout the world. It is organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare as well as the birth or death of several other prominent authors.
Literacy is the cornerstone of development and education and is traditionally understood as the ability to read and write. It is also the ability to comprehend the written word as well as understand language, pictures and to recognise symbols in culture. The aim is to raise the literacy levels in South Africa and the best place to start is with our youth. Schools and public libraries across the land will have activities and programs for local kids to participate in.
Bookshops across South Africa will have dump bins from the 1st of April where a select list of books has been set aside to promote reading. They will be offered to customers to purchase for themselves and as a donation to Project Literacy’s Run Home to Read. The list can be found at http://worldbookday.com/books/ these books will be sold at a phenomenal R15 each. The books will be collected after world book day and handed over to the charity.
Books & Books, will be participating in the countrywide initiative and will have all the books for you to purchase. Visit us in shop 2 on the 1st floor, to make your contribution to raise the literacy rate in South Africa!