The World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated every year in Mauritius by the National Library. This year the National Library is running the 10th edition and it has organised the following activities:
- An elocution contest for Form six students which attracted more than 40 colleges. The final round took place on 23 April 2012 at the National Library and four winners were designated. The theme for the contest was “How to promote reading among youth in Mauritius”.
- From 3-5 May 2012, a book festival will be organised at the Port Louis Waterfront. Twenty bookshops and organisations involved in the book trade and publishing industry will offer for sale a variety of reading materials at discounted rate. Other organisations involved in the promotion of reading and the education sector will be present. Many activities around the book will be organised to attract children towards reading and books.
- On Saturday 5 May 2012, an interactive session between the public and Mauritian writers will take place from 3 to 4.00 p,m. on the theme “A Coeur Ouvert Avec les Ecrivains”. The audience will be offered the opprotunity to ask questions to the writers on any topic related to their books. This is an innovation this year as far as World Book Day celebrations are concerned in Mauritius.
- any other decentralised activities have also been planned in schools, colleges and in municipalities.
The public is invited to participate in all the activities.