World Book Day 2012 in Mauritius

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:

  1. 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”.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. any other decentralised activities have also been planned in schools, colleges and in municipalities.

The public is invited to participate in all the activities.

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Reading Habits of Mauritians

02062009209Mr Eric Weber, Programme Officer of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) was on a mission to Mauritius recently, in the context of the setting up of CELPAC – Centre de Lecture Publique et d’Animation Culturelle, a para-statal body enacted by the National Assembly, in replacement of the Centre de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle (CLAC).

Based on circulation statistics in all the sixteen public libraries operating under the aegis of CLAC, Mr Weber believes that on average, Mauritians read 2.2 books per months. However, this method of calculation does not necessarily relect the general trend in the reading habit all over the island. The methodology used to make such assertion about the reading habits of Mauritians is quite debatable. A full survey investigating the topic has yet to be carried out to  confirm such hypothesis.  

Weber believes that providing easy access to books through public libraries may contribute to improving academic results in schools. The full text of the article may be read in “Le Mauricien” newspaper of 1st June 2009 on page 2. A pdf version of the article is accessible from this site. Just click on the mage on the left hand or click here  to view it.