“Books don’t just go with you, they take you where you’ve never been.”
What better excuse to open up your old favorite books or dress up as your favorite character than a Day of the Book celebration?
On April 23rd, that is exactly what the LitWorld partner organization, Fabretto, in Nicaragua did! Multiple Fabretto centers spent the day celebrating the power of reading through organized activities for children, mentors, parents and community members alike.
In Cusmapa, reading spaces were organized in the library and preschool children, older students and teachers were invited to enjoy read-alouds as well as silent readings. In other communities, LitClub members dedicated spaces to reflect on the importance of the book, promote creative writing of poems and letters dedicated to reading and even carried out a campaign to repair books in poor condition. They showed immense love and care for the books and spent long hours carefully mending books that needed a little extra care.
Some other incredible activities that were carried out were - a Book Fair in celebration of Book Day, a reading marathon, games like “Who can read more words per minute?” and others. Fabretto staff report that LitClub members were instrumental in leading these activities with the support of local librarians and their mentors.
According to another Fabretto mentor, it is important to note that the impact of this day was not only on the children but also had a huge effect on their parents. Motivated mothers took a leading role in the activities and vowed to continue promoting the care and importance of books and reading in their families and communities in the future. It was a beautiful day for all and a valuable reminder to the power, importance and need for reading in our daily lives. After all - you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books…. and that’s kind of the same thing! 💫