How to get involved

Findings in a 2007 study revealed that only 14% of South Africans read books and over half of South African households (51%) do not have a single leisure reading book. Join us this National Book Week (NBW) as we once again travel through the country to spread the magic of books. Join FUNDA BALA make South Africa a reading nation by bringing more books to households across our country. Communities, churches, social groups, schools, libraries and anyone with an interest in promoting reading, are encouraged to participate in the NBW campaign to raise awareness around the enjoyment and value of reading books.

How libraries can get involved:

  • Get your #READ_A_BOOK poster at bookweek@sabookcouncil.co.za.
  • Join the celebration of the NBW event in your province.
  • Encourage the community and library users to take part in the #READ_A_BOOK campaign through sharing books and encouraging friends to join the library.
  • Bring out interesting book displays to attract the community. Older readers might enjoy self-help, cooking, gardening books.
  • Younger readers some teen novels. Make colourful and bright displays in the foyer.
  • Have story hour with storytelling and reading for young and old.
  • Invite community groups, church and youth groups to visit the library through direct invitations.
  • Invite school groups for readings and activities in order to promote the #READ_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Create your own activities at the library for NBW to promote the #READ_A_BOOK campaign, and inform the NBW team.
  • Spread the news of NBW and the #READ_A_BOOK campaign on social media by means of using the #hashtag #READ_A_BOOK & #BUY_A_BOOK.

How education departments and school districts can get involved:

  • Encourage the schools in your district to take part and get involved in the #READ_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Learners can dress up as their favourite book character.
  • Set time aside to have fun with books through animated storytelling and book reading.
  • Invite elders in the community to tell stories.
  • Create your own activities for NBW and share with other schools around you.
  • Upload pictures of your activities to the NBW social media pages.
  • Spread the news of NBW and the #READ_A_BOOK campaign on social media by means of using the #hashtag #READ_A_BOOK.
  • Visit and join your local library.

How universities can get involved:

  • Encourage the residences and communities on campus to take part and get involved in the #BUY_A_BOOK & #READ_A_BOOK campaigns.
  • Organise visits to schools in your community for storytelling and reading to children.
  • Donate books from the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign and donate to Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.
  • Organise motivational talks and career guidance with youth at high schools.
  • Organise fundraisers within department to sponsor books or money for the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Promote the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign on campus via readings, discussions or activities.
  • Challenge other tertiary institutions to buy more books than your institution.
  • Create your own activities on campus for NBW to promote the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign, and upload to NBW social media pages.
  • Spread the news of NBW and the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign on social media by means of using the #hashtag #READ_A_BOOK & #BUY_A_BOOK.

How schools can get involved:

  • Identify underprivileged schools that you can donate books from the #BUY_A_BOOK (http://sabookcouncil.co.za/national-book-week/buy_a_book/) campaign to. Imagine giving the magic of a book to a child. Tell us who they are.
  • Encourage teachers, learners, parents to visit retailers to #BUY_A_BOOK and donate to NBW projects.
  • Organise fundraisers to sponsor books or money for the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Promote the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign in your school via readings, discussions or activities.
  • Upload your NBW and #BUY_A_BOOK activities to NBW social media.
  • Encourage learners to promote NBW and the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign on social media by means of using the #hashtag #READ_A_BOOK & #BUY_A_BOOK.

How businesses, big and small, can get involved:

  • Create awareness about NBW and the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign at your company.
  • Donate or sponsor funds for NBW to buy books for the #BUY_A_BOOK Campaign.
  • Organise visits to schools, Early Childood Development (ECD) centres. to donate books for storytelling and reading books.
  • Buy books in bulk through the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign.
  • Encourage staff to support #BUY_A_BOOK – it’s only R20 per book.
  • Upload NBW and #BUY_A_BOOK activities to NBW social media.
  • Challenge other companies to buy more books than your company.

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