World Book & Copyright Day 2024

Books are invitations to travel and to encountering others: with each new page turned, another world appears before our eyes.

Tuesday marks World Book and  Copyright Day, and this day aims to raise awareness about the joy, and importance of reading.

PICTURED: Bush Radio's Esobusi Mkangelwa enjoy reading a novel

According to the 2021 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), 81% of South African Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning in any language.

The City of Cape town says the number of items circulated or booked out by library patrons is more than 4,6 million, and over a six-month period between July and December, more than 18 00 new members signed up.

‘’If anyone has any doubt about a library's place in society, hopefully these statistics will set the record straight. For many, the local library is where they are able to spark a relationship with stories and words, and books, and the many doors that these unlock. This World Book Day we want to encourage everyone to read their way – at their own pace, in their own time, and whatever title or topic tickles their fancy,’’ said Patricia Van der Ross, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health.

‘’It's also important to remember that children live what they learn, so while much of our focus is on literacy in this age group, we as adults need to lead from the front. It is important to read with your children, but also let them see you reading for your own enjoyment. Books and the stories they hold should be lifelong companions for both young and old,’’ she added.


Done by: Esobusi Mkangelwa


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