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Editorial
Welcome to the third edition of Centre for the Book’s quarterly electronic newsletter, CFB News. In this edition of CFB News, we once again update you on our programmes and events.

To start off, we hosted an International Literacy Day event on 10 September 2013. Children from our primary school book clubs attended this event which was held at our premises in Cape Town. Still on the subject of book clubs, we, together with our partner, the Department of Correctional Services, held our very successful 4th Funda Mzantsi Championship in George from 23 to 24 September 2013. Book club members from high schools and correctional centres participated in this event.

This quarter, our featured organisation is Biblionef South Africa. This NGO does sterling work in providing children in disadvantaged areas with new story books. Our Poet’s Voice is Celiswa Majali, a poet and writer from Port St. Johns. IsiXhosa readers will enjoy her poem: Inkumbulo.

Libraries are important role-players in our mission to build a culture of reading in South Africa. In this edition of CFB News we focus on the 15th annual LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa) Conference which was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, 8 to 11 October 2013. I was one of the lucky delegates who attended the conference. I write about this experience in “LIASA Conference – a personal perspective”. I presented a paper at this conference based on my impact study of CFB’s First Words in Print project. The Reprint of South African Classics was also exhibited at the conference.

The conference buzzed with excitement about who would be the 2013 LIASA Librarian of the Year. We in the Western Cape were very happy when our candidate, Theresa de Young, was announced as the winner. In this edition of CFB News, Theresa, who is also the SLYSIG National Chair, writes about their pre-conference workshop that took place at the Centre for the Book on Saturday 5 October 2013.

Another Western Cape winner is Fadeela Davids who started a reading project called Kaleido Book Buddies. Her poster presentation of this project won her first prize at the LIASA Conference. She tells us more about Book Buddies in this edition of CFB News.

This edition concludes with News Snippets, which covers a range of interesting news and information, including books available from CFB. As Christmas is approaching, are there any better gifts than books?

Best regards

Anita Shaw, CFB News Editor
anita.shaw@nlsa.ac.za

 

 

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