Belize Book Industry Association celebrates Book Week Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

The Belize Book Industry Association BBIA continued to celebrate Book Week in San Ignacio Town last Friday at the Cayo Welcome Center. This time Book Week was held with the theme, ‘It’s cool to read.’ The event on Friday saw the outpouring of enthusiasts from High Schools and Primary Schools from the Cayo District; coming out to support their love of books. First form students from the Saint Ignatius High School in Santa Elena were out in force to perform a ‘Flash Mob’.  Ms. Terry Ulloa, Senior Library Assistant had come out not only to organize the flash mob but to take a perfect shot at ‘brother Anansi.’

In her welcome address, President of the BBIA Montse Casademunt described the value of writing, as it “...allows us to communicate with persons we will never meet”.

The accomplished publisher from Cubola, urged her followers to take on the joy of reading, “While we learn to read during the first few years of attending school, unless the books we are given to read are interesting and fun we will not develop a passion for reading. This is why we find that very often adults stop reading to the point that for lack of practice, they almost forget it and they end up doing it with difficulty and not even truly understanding what they read!”

Casademunt also urged children and adults to have a library card, because with a card no money is needed to enjoy books. The presence of employees on Friday from the National Library Service and Information Systems drove this point clearly, “The library is there for you, with hundreds of books, waiting to be read, to be shared with your best friend, to be enjoyed...”

With the passing of World Book and Copyright Day just two weeks ago, the BBIA is hoping that more Belizean writers would take up the task of book publishing, given that 2,200,000 new books were published this year around the World. Already, the BBIA did its part in outreach with the launch of book week last week Wednesday at the Ecumenical High School in Dangriga.

This year’s celebration of book week was another joint effort by the Institute for Social and Cultural Research ISCR, the National Institute of Culture and History NICH, the University of Belize as well as Cubola Books, The Book Center and BRC Printing Ltd from Benque Viejo Town.

In the words of Mala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl, who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes.

“Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”