Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Invitation: Biblionef celebrates 10 years with Literacy and Reading Symposium

Biblionef has been donating books in South Africa for the last 10 years! To celebrate this achievement we are having a Literacy symposium on the 16th of September. Could you please pass this invite on to other Libraries, especially childrens' librarians.

Children's Literacy and Reading Symposium at Goudini Spa, Rawsonville
Time 10h30 - 16h00
Followed by a cocktail from 16h00 to 18h00

Speakers include: Gcina Mhlope, Dianne Case, Snoeks Desmond
RSVP by 8 Septemer 2008 to or tel 021 531 0447

9: 00 - 10:00 Arrival, Registration, Tea/Coffee

10:00 - 10:10 Opening: Herman Bailey (President Biblionef SA)

10:10-10:40 Exploring the impact of access and use of reading resources on South African learner’s achievement in the Progress in International Reading Literacy
Study 2006: Lisa Zimmerman (Centre for Evaluation and Assessment, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria)

10:40-11:10 Creating literate school communities: thoughts and strategies: Dr Carole Bloch (Coordinator: PRAESA Early Literacy Unit)

11:10-11:30 The holistic development of the child: Reading, Running and wRiting: Anna Brom (Anna Foundation)

11:30-11:40 Stretch break

11:40-12:10 The Book Box Project: promoting reading and related activities: Jean Place (School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand)

12:10-12:30 Families also need books: Snoeks Desmond (Founder: Family Literacy Project)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Experiencing Biblionef’s work in other countries

Dominique Pace (Biblionef France)

Aagje van Heekeren (Biblionef The Netherlands)

Marc van Hoey (Biblionef Vlaanderen)

Soearnie Soekirno (Biblionef Suriname)

14:30-14:40 My synergy as a writer with Biblionef Diane Case (Author)

14:40-15:10 My experiences with books in the Home Language Project: Margie Owen-Smith (Home Language Project)

15:10-15:30 Biblionef’s role in establishing Irista Primary School’s Library (Jean Williams Biblionef South Africa) and Archie Jansen (Principlal Irista Primary)

15:30-16:00 Celebrating WORDS – Languages’ ancestors: Gcina Mhlophe

16:00 closing remarks and invitation to celebrate: Thomas van der Walt (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa)

16:00-17:30 Cocktail celebration


Finger buffet

Marimba band

Children performing

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