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May 07, 2009

Cape Town Tourism celebrates World Book Day

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Children at the Educare Centre in Hout Bay

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

April 23 is the date that is celebrated world-wide as World Book Day.  It actually marks the anniversary of the death of Cervantes, whose Don Quixote has become a much-loved character throughout the world.  It is also cited as the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare – but that depends on whether you use the Julian or Gregorian calendars, so it all gets a bit hazy!

Cape Town Tourism’s Team South abandoned the Bard and the Knight and celebrated World Book Day on April 23 and 24, 2009 with a whole bunch of children! Zita Clarence of the Muizenberg Visitor Information Centre hopped on the train with children from the Dennegeur Primary School, Strandfontein and joined Bruce from the Edutrain and two librarians, Tracey and Funiswa from the City of Cape Town, to entertain the children with some story readings and a discussion about the importance of books and reading.

Most children agreed that the Harry Potter series was their favourite of all time. There was some lively discussion around graffiti which was sparked by the Metrorail carriage they were travelling in, and the children had some strong opinions on whether graffiti is an art form or pure vandalism. Lois Johnson, Cape Town Tourism team member, joined the Rainbow Puppet Theatre at the Educare Centre in Hout Bay to entertain the “little people” with a puppet show and yummy party packs. 

Cape Town Tourism also appealed to their members to bring in old magazines, books and even stationery to be distributed to old age homes and children’s homes and the heap is growing daily. We would like to extend the collection to the end of May.

This is an appeal to Cape Town Tourism members and the public to keep those books and magazines coming. You can drop them off at our Visitor Information Centres in Gugulethu, Langa, Kirstenbosch, Hout Bay, Muizenberg, and Simon’s Town.

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