National Book Week (3 – 9 September 2018) & International Literacy Day (8 September 2018)

National Book Week is a reading promotion campaign that was initiated by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture.

International Literacy Day is an initiative of the United Nations to create awareness of literacy challenges across the globe.  The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and created a highlight for National Book Week this year.

NWU Library & Information Services created awareness and promoted reading with exhibitions in the libraries of fiction and children’s books from our collections. Some fun events also took place.

Mahikeng

The NWU Mahikeng Library had a colourful display of the children’s collection to commemorate national book week and international literacy day. There was an interactive activity where patrons used colouring pens to colour  the pictures on display; and a slideshow on the library monitor encouraging users to check out children’s books and read to children, the hashtag from the national book week theme,  #ourstories, was used. There was great participation from the users on the colouring activity as well as the children’s collection. We had a visit from Dr Wessels and Dr Erasmus, senior lecturers from the department of Education: foundation phase, they were very impressed and expressed heartfelt gratitude for the much needed and relevant collection, as well as the display.

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Potchefstroom

An exhibition of fiction books and children’s books was set up on the ground floor of the Ferdinand Postma Library for National Book Week. International literacy day was celebrated on Friday, 7 September.  Library patrons took part in an activity, Expand your vocabulary, during which they could win small prizes.  This created a lot of excitement.

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Vanderbijlpark

During National Book Week, VC Library patrons, were startled by the quaint appearance of *Bibliophile* the Library bookworm. *Bibliophile * believes that books have the power to teach, inspire, and connect people. *Bibliophile * encouraged the patrons to read a book, or at least a magazine or newspaper during National Book Week. They were reminded that books and stories are part of the wealth and culture of communities.

*Bibliophile * were accompanied by little squirmy wormy book ambassadors, scattering short messages or quotes on books and reading. The little squirmy wormy book ambassadors, jibed the Library patrons (tongue-in-cheek), that the best safeguard against collection infestation, is good reading habits. They absolutely love the starch components in book cloth, and would easily create tunnels and holes, whilst grazing through underutilized Library books.

Library patrons committing themselves to the pledge #READ during National Book Week, each received an edible little squirmy wormy ambassador (80), from *Bibliophile * guardian, Louise Harmse.

Many students also grasped the opportunity to take a picture with *Bibliophile *.

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International Literacy Day at Vanderbijlpark

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.

Book Hunt:

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.

Rules:

  • 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!

Word Puzzle

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.

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International Literacy Day (08 September 2017)

North-West University Library Potchefstroom celebrated International Literacy Day with a fun activity for the students. This gave the students an opportunity to learn about the library’s facilities and resources. A scavenger hunt was planned and QR codes were incorporated to raise awareness of digital literacy in accordance with this year’s theme of International Literacy Day: Literacy in a digital world. Students who participated in the event were very enthusiastic and mentioned that they learnt more about the library as this was not just as fun activity, but one that had a literacy value.

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The prizes up for the taking were sponsored by Wiley.    In collaboration with the Faculty of Law, the scavenger hunt was also incorporated to the Amazing Race activity for the 2nd year Criminal law students.

 

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Students taking a selfie with Meisie Makauza in the Education Sciences Library
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Dina Mashiyane handing over some Wiley book prizes
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Law students taking part in the scavenger hunt

NWU Libraries Celebrate International Literacy Day

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Join North-West University Library Services in celebrating International Literacy Day on 8 September 2017. This global annual event aims to highlight the importance of literacy for both young and old. This year’s theme Literacy in a Digital World, emphasises the importance of developing digital literacy skills, so as to enhance the participation of individuals in the digital citizenship. Since 21st-century information is available in multiple formats, it is essential for our society to equip ourselves with the relevant skills that will enable us to navigate the overwhelming amount of information at our disposal.

To celebrate International Literacy Day, we invite you to go on an adventure that will allow you to explore our libraries’ facilities and resources. There are various prizes up for the taking and all you need to do is to join in the fun!

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