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Character Parade Marks End Of Celebrations

Character Parade Marks End Of Celebrations
Students of Labasa Primary School in their character parade costumes at their school on September 6, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
September 07
10:00 2018

Students in Labasa dressed up in different library book characters yesterday to mark the end of National Library Week celebrations.

Labasa Primary School (LPS) and St Mary’s Primary School were among the schools that celebrated the end of Library Week.

The two schools had various programmes during the week to match the theme of this year’s cel­ebration, Libraries Lead: Building bridges, making a difference in the Community”

Throughout the week students designed posters relating to this year’s theme, created bookmarkers and donated story books to be kept at their mini school library.

Teachers from both schools were overwhelmed with the interest shown by the students during this year’s Library Week celebration.

While delivering her speech at St Mary’s Primary School, Univer­sity of the South Pacific Labasa Campus Pacific Technical and Fur­ther Education acting co-ordinator Ivamere Chand said change was happening and it would take some time to embed it in the system and our society.

Ms Chand reminded those pre­sent to use the library whenever they could.

“Libraries are transforming be­cause learning to read comes be­fore reading to learn. Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources,” she said.

‘It is important that students at this age be taught about the importance of reading books be­cause this is what will carry them through and as they grow up they will be reading books.

“Often the heart of the communi­ties, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where people live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can ad­dress local issues.

“Every day libraries of all types prove that they are powerful agents of community change. Libraries are no longer places for books or a quiet place to study.

“They are also a creative and en­gaging community centre where people can collaborate using new technologies such as digital re­sources like eBooks, audio books, movies and music that can be ac­cessed in person or online.

“We should not limit ourselves to classroom learning, we should always think outside the box and take on every opportunity to read and learn more,” she said.

Ms Chand said reading books taught innovative knowledge.

“Anyone can become rich through knowledge and how we can get knowledge is by reading,” she said.

“We can enhance our knowledge by visiting the library, getting com­fortable and losing ourselves to the wonders in the books the library has to offer.

“Do you know the more you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more plac­es it will take you.

“I urge you all seated here today (yesterday) to please actively in­volve yourself in reading so you can gain relevant knowledge to make informed decisions in the challenging world that we are fac­ing today.

“Make use of schools and public libraries to expand your knowl­edge, improve your vocabulary, be analytical thinkers, inspire crea­tive thinking and build self-confidence,” she said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj

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