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Book Week 2017: Leaders are Readers

A few days ago there was a query on Facebook that sought to get feedback from the public on the root causes of the blatant weakness in grammar and comprehension skills in our country.  While there was a wide range of reasons cited, the common response on the thread was the lack of reading by majority of persons particularly the younger generation.  The query was timely as this week several agencies are putting off activities for Book Week.  The Belize Book Industry Association along with the National Institute for Culture and History as well as the Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR) will launch Book Week on Saturday, April 28 in Punta Gorda and on Sunday, April 29 at the Cayo Welcome Centre in San Ignacio Town.  The activities in both municipalities will include a book fair where several genres of writings will be on display.  It also entails a book exchange where you can bring a book and swap it for another; there will be storytelling and a reading contest for children.  Book Week is set to be a celebration of books and reading to commemorate International Book and Copyright Day.  Aside from celebrating books and reading, the programme of events will also include the future of Belize’s book industry and its contribution to the country’s economy and educational advancements.  This year’s theme for Book Week is, “Leaders are Readers.”