Activities for National Week for the Promotion of Reading

Name: Julinda Abu Nasr (PhD) Honorary President of LBBY

Institution: Lebanese Board on Books for Young People (LBBY)

Title of proposed program: Activities for National Week for the Promotion of Reading

Audience: children and parents

Books used:
A variety of books

Materials needed:
Certificates, incentives and healthy snacks

Brief outline of program or event:
April 20-May 3, 2012 1. Reading sessions in different schools, public libraries and orphanages. This year stories will be read to deaf and blind children in their schools. 2. A number of TV appearances to talk about the importance of reading are planned. Some articles will be written for the local newspapers on the literary events of the week and their significance. International activities on children´s literature will be mentioned. (It is worth noting here that LBBY was responsible for introducing the Reading Week to the Ministry of Culture, the body that oversees the variety of activities that take place in the country at large. Schools, libraries, orphanages, publishers, writers, illustrators, the media .all take an active part in one way or another during this week. The whole country is involved in reading activities) 3. A celebration is held during which certificates and prizes are given to the top three readers in the 65 schools that are participating in LBBY Yearly Reading Competition. This celebration is usually attended by the winning students, the teachers who were responsible for the activity, the parents of the students and sometimes members from the Ministry of Culture. This year we have something very special for the celebration. We are taking the children to a natural resort where they will have a tour of the place with a guide who will introduce them to the many activities of the organization, the kinds of trees and shrubs in the forest there, the recycling done and others. A music program including some animation will take place. Children will be given presents, certificates for being good readers and a healthy snack prepared on the site. 4. Another activity of the week is A Panel Discussion on Books for Children with Special Needs. This is an area that is totally neglected in our country. We will have an exhibition of books written in Arabic for these children and about them for parents, teachers, social workers and others. 5. An E book will be launched by LBBY this year in cooperation with Lebanese Down Syndrome Association. It is our first attempt at this kind of books.