Friday, September 08, 2006

Happy Literacy Day!

As mentioned in our previous posting, September 8th is the International Literacy Day. This year’s theme is Literacy Sustains Development as "literacy is an indispensable means for effective social and economic participation, contributing to human development and poverty reduction".

In observance of the Literacy Day, a large number of Book Festivals and library events are held or scheduled for the coming days across the USA and the world. The US 2006 National Book Festival, for one, will be held on September 30. The event is organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Laura Bush. It is free and open to the public and features more than 70 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets appearing in "Fiction & Fantasy," "Mysteries & Thrillers," "History & Biography," "Children," "Teens & Children," "Poetry," and "Home & Family" pavilions. Browse this Web site to learn about the authors who will be appearing throughout the day in the pavilions and signing their books. >> More

UNESCO’s Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) seeks to help reduce by half the rate of adult illiteracy in the world by 2015. As a global strategy to raise awareness on the importance of literacy, LIFE operations are country-led, respond to country-specific needs and priorities, and correspond to national capacities. Literacy projects in Cuba, Morocco, Pakistan, Rajastan (India) and Turkey are the winners of the five UNESCO 2006 Literacy prizes. A project in China was also awarded an Honourable Mention. >> More

Book Fairs and other Literary Events throughout the USA

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