Joburg libraries short-listed for international award

2020-02-24 20:27

The City of Johannesburg’s libraries have been short-listed for this year’s London Book Fair International Excellence Awards for the Library of the Year Award.

The London Book Fair is a book-publishing trade fair held annually – a global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, television, film and digital channels.

The hugely popular International Excellence Awards have seen more than 50 nations receive recognition since the awards started six years ago.

The City of Johannesburg libraries are going up against Maadi Public Library in Cairo, Egypt and Shanghai Library in China for the top prize.

Submission from the City of Johannesburg entailed:

. A number of libraries within the city that have done excellent work in implementing e-learning programmes working with very limited resources and continuous introduction of technology-based reading and writing development programmes;

. The City of Johannesburg libraries e-learning programmes that have changed the lives of thousands of children through the mobile literacy reading and story development programmes since 2017;

. Collaboration with NGOs and also initiating of various gamification activities involving reading and writing; and

. Expansion of the programme by introducing various reading apps such as the recently launched Google’s Bolo app and African storybook app. Children use tablets to access reading material, read and create stories by themselves.

The awards run from March 9 to 15 at the Pergola Olympia in London. 

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March 29 2020