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Happy World Book Day!

Sunday, April 23, 2017 7:41 PM | Felicia McKenzie (Administrator)

Celebrated on April 23rd of every year, World Book and Copyright Day was started in 1995 by UNESCO and was chosen because it was on “this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died” [1]. The goal of World Book Day is to focus on and inspire young people to read for pleasure and “gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity” [1].

Since 2000, UNESCO and other international collaborators have named a city to be the World Book Capital for one year, until the next April 23. The cities are chosen for their past work in promoting literacy and reading, as well as for their current and future commitment to providing literacy, education, and reading materials to all [2]. This year, the World Book Capital is Conakry, Guinea, on the coast of West Africa. Will a city in East Africa or even Tanzania be next?

At Saving Grace, we celebrated World Book Day by promoting reading for fun to the students. Because we have been able to build and expand our library, the students have much more reading material than they used to. We are committed to continuing to provide free and educational reading materials that they can enjoy anytime. Check out some of the library pictures below!


[1] World Book and Copyright Day. UNESCO.

[2] UNESCO World Book Capital. UNESCO.

[3] All photographs copyright Felicia McKenzie. Used with permission.

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