Hooked on Books
A Project for world book day 2007 and beyond
Although books form a crucial part of our daily lives as educators and publishers, it is easy to forget that the majority of South Africans have neither books nor access to facilities that allow them to experience the wonderful world of books. Hooked on Books is a project in aid of the distribution and donation of books to specifically address access to books in South Africa. It is a cooperative initiative of the Publishing Studies Programme (Department of Information Science), the Department of Visual Arts, and the Tshwane Library and Information Services.
In 2006 the mobile library initiative was very successful in that the mobile library received donations from students, publishers as well as the general public. The main aim in 2006 was to supply the library with enough books to fill a third bus, which at that time could not deliver a service due to insufficient stock. It is noteworthy that at the time, over 2000 books were donated to the library. In addition, the library received a generous donation of R10 000 from the Development Bank of Southern Africa, an amount with which even more books could be bought for the Travelling Library. The success of this initiative ensured that the Library’s services could be extended to serve more schools in the far northern areas of the Tshwane Municipal boundaries. The library is now circulating more than 600 books per month at 8 schools in Hammanskraal, Suurman, Majaneng, Temba and New Eersterust.
The event took place in 2007 again and has turned into an ongoing project.
Fatima Cassim (Information Design Lecturer) and volunteer Information Design Students conceptualised and designed the visual identity and advertising material to identify and promote this exiting event.
How can you get involved?
The project committee are enormously keen for members of the publishing industry, UP staff and students, and the public to get involved in HOOKED ON BOOKS.
You can donate children’s books, including school titles and teacher’s guides, are the most needed titles. However, any books are welcome and will be put to good use.
We hope that you will get involved in this very worthy cause.
For more information, please contact:
Publishing Studies Programme
Department of Information Science
University of Pretoria
Tel: 012 420 5041
Cell: 072 511 0170