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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

International Children's Book Day
Date: 02 April 2014

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. Read more at

World Book Day Celebrations
Date: Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Time: 07:00
Activities: Door to Door Campaign: Kuruman, Northern Cape: starting at Kathu High School, visiting a number of schools, creches and an old age home.

Date: Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Activities: Formal World Book Day celebrations in Loopeng, Kuruman, Northern Cape

For more information:
Sonwabile Kanzi
Tel: 021 - 423 2669
Fax: 021 - 424 1484

Freedom Day
Date: 27 April 2014

Freedom Day on 27 April is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. Read more at

South African Book Fair
Date: 13 - 15 June 2014
Time: 09:00 - 18:00 (Daily)
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

The National Library of South Africa will be exhibiting at the 2014 South African Book Fair in Cape Town.

The South African Book Fair has established itself as South Africa’s premier exhibition for the literary and publishing worlds to gather and trade, not to mention the literary feast for all book lovers to indulge in. Having attracted hundreds of local and global exhibitors, the South African Book Fair has become Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest Book Fair, and publishers and authors will descend on Cape Town from destinations around Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Read more at

Youth Day
Date: 16 June 2014

It is a day violently etched on the South African collective conscience. Commemorated over 30 years later as Youth Day, an official holiday, it is the day that honours the deaths of hundreds of Soweto schoolchildren, a day that changed the course of the country's history: 16 June 1976. Read more at



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