National Library hosts activities for Book Day


Children during a reading activity yesterday to mark World Book and Copyright Day

The event, celebrated annually on April 23, aims to promote reading, publishing and writers’ copyright to their work.
This year’s activities started yesterday and will continue until Friday on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.

According to the event’s coordinator, Stella Bradburn, there are copyright violations in Seychelles, the most common example being when people photocopy whole books, instead of just the few pages they need for certain work or research, or when they copy author’s works without their permission.
To mark the event, the children’s section of the National Library is hosting activities including word games for primary students and an academic obstacle race for secondary students, where they will have to follow steps such as writing and reading a poem and doing certain research in encyclopaedias.

Other activities include a written quiz for adults – entry forms are available at the library but must be returned by Thursday morning at the latest – as well as a quiz tomorrow for secondary students.

There will also be a spelling competition for primary and secondary levels on Thursday and radio phone-ins during the week, where questions will be asked on-air and listeners can call with their answers.
The activities will end with a prizegiving ceremony on Friday afternoon.

During the week the library will be waiving fines on overdue books and selling certain books, or even giving away some for free. Sale prices will vary from R15 to R200 – one work on sale is The National Bibliography of Seychelles, which lists all the documents and books ever published here.

On the day of the worldwide event itself, the Creole Institute is expected to make a donation of Creole books at the library.
There will also be a display there about Seychellois authors and another about the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) and how to differentiate between the two.

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