The Vanderbijlpark Library celebrated International Literacy Day on 8 September 2017 by getting students to use their search talents to do a book hunt and word puzzle.
From 10:00 – 13:00 students who visited the Library took part in the book hunt by collecting a list of books from the library staff. They had to use their knowledge of the Library search system to find as many books that were on the list as possible. The top six with the most books ‘collected’ won a prize! The theme for this year was Literacy in a Digital World, and with this theme in mind, the hunt brought together the use of both digital and physical smarts.
- The list contained a set of titles of books, as well as the author.
- The student needed to use the Library search system in order to find the call number of the book.
- The next part involved a little exercise, as the student had to find the book on the shelf.
- Once the book is found (do not take the book off the shelf). They had to take a selfie, pointing to the correct book (The funnier the photo the better!)
- Once the time is up, they had to ‘hand in’ their evidence to see if they managed to find all the books!
- The top six students who found the most books won a prize!
The Library staff draw up 2 boards with letters and students had to form words using those letters. They had to come up with a minimum of 15 words in one minute. The students were then awarded with a price (pen/sweets/bookmark/note pad -small).
There were two boards that contained only library terms. Students had to circle the words on the board that the library staff call on. They then had to find five words in one minute in order to be awarded. Glenda,Tiny, Siyabonga, Pearsley and Daniel assisted with the drawing board.
The students enjoyed the activities and some of them requested that the library need to do it more often.