South African Library for the Blind (SALB) will be highlighting the importance of Braille and Audio at this year’s National Book Week. The event will take place at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton from Thursday, September 5 till Saturday, September 7.
“Everyone has a right to read including the sight-impaired, and this year SALB will be teaching sighted and sight-impaired people how to read, in a fun way,” says Ria Greaves Head Library Services at SALB. “The stand will feature lots of informational material about the library service and assistive devices which help to make printed material accessible to the blind and print-handicapped.”
Various activities will be taking place at the SALB stand and all are welcome to participate. The SALB will also be hosting two interesting workshops, one on Thursday at three in the afternoon and the second on Saturday, at quarter to two in the afternoon.
The workshops will be geared towards providing insight into how partially sighted and impaired people experience their world and use technology and Braille to read and become literate.
National Book Week aims to promote reading as a critical part of South Africa’s development and celebrates books as instruments for education, culture, heritage and economic progress. The event will also showcase South African writers, publishers, book sellers and related businesses.
The SALB has sponsored 14 learners in grades 7 and 8 from Khanyisa School for the Blind, to be part of the Book Week activities.
“Reading is a crucial part of empowerment,” says Greaves. “All should attend the National Book Week.”
The National Book Week will once again be taking place at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton from Thursday, September 5 till Saturday, September 7.
Don’t miss out on the celebrations at the Red Location Precinct for this year’s National Book Week!
For more information on The South African Library for the Blind, contact 046 622 7226.
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