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Nal’ibali by Night: A musical fundraiser

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November, 5th 2013
Join us for a magical evening of live music and lyrical storytelling by acclaimed local duo, Take Cover, of Idol’s fame, and their talented friends Paige Mac, at the Players Café and Bar at The River Club (Lynton Rd, Observatory). Hosted by MC and comedian, Lunga Tshuka, the evening will be held in support of Nal’ibali and the Sunrise Educare Centre in Vrygrond to assist...
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Well-crafted picture books are a genre all on their own and represent the careful weaving together of the visual and the word into a single thread of the story which delights, satisfies and feeds all who read them – young and old.  This November is International Picture Book Month, and to celebrate we interviewed five of South Africa’s top children’s authors and illustrators to find...
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Cape Town based Nal’ibali, a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has joined forces with the forthcoming 3D movie, Khumba, released by Triggerfish Animation Studios, to create a special edition of the Nal’ibali supplement.  The supplement will feature a cut-out-and-keep story, inspired by Khumba, and will be published in English plus an additional three South African languages. The movie itself will be screened at cinemas in both English language and Afrikaans –...
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Congratulations to our Children's Day winners!

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October, 15th 2013
In celebration of international Children’s Day in June this year, Nal’ibali launched a creative writing and drawing competition for children between the ages of three and 11, asking them to tell a story, by drawing or writing,  about what is special and important to them. We are pleased to say that after careful consideration, we have selected winners and runner-ups in each category. Having received...
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Celebrating storytelling this Heritage Day

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September, 20th 2013
South Africa is rich in culture and heritage and one of the ways this heritage can be preserved is through oral storytelling – a beautiful and powerful art. This Heritage Day, the Nal’ibali Cluster Mentors reflect on their own heritage as storytellers, the stories they were told while growing up, and the importance of preserving this tradition as a vital tool in literacy development.    David...
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Getting to know Nal’ibali Reading Clubs

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September, 13th 2013
With more than 100 reading clubs supported through the Nal’ibali network, we decided to spend the month of August getting to know them a little better.  While they all share the common value of reading for enjoyment, they’re all also unique and special in their own way. So we asked them to design posters to tell us a little more about the clubs. Some...
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Growing a nation of readers

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September, 9th 2013
I have mixed feelings about September. While in my head it heralds the beginning of spring and the move towards warmer weather (even if nature doesn’t actually play along with this), International Literacy Day on 8 September always provides a sobering reality check:  775 million adults in the world who are illiterate; 64% of these women and 22% living in sub-Saharan Africa.  Not exactly...
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This International Literacy Day (8th September 2013), the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is calling on everyone in South Africa – children, moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, librarians, teachers, fellow literacy organisations, reading clubs and communities – to help shape a Charter of Children’s Reading Rights to honour and guide our children’s right to literacy. A love of stories is a universal characteristic of childhood and a foundation of literacy....
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The South African National Library Service and The National Professional Teachers' Organization of South Africa (NAPTOSA) recently received a book boost of  172 200 books for distribution across South African libraries and schools from Nal’ibali, a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, in partnership with Wimpy. “Our libraries are thrilled to have received such a donation as I’m sure the other libraries are too – the children were gripped by...
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Win with Exclusive Books and Nal'ibali

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August, 12th 2013
You could stand a chance to win a hamper of books, with Exclusive Books and Nal’ibali! This week’s Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment supplement (available in The Sowetan, The Times, The Daily Dispatch and The PE Herald between 12th – 16th August 2013) has a blank postcard template in it – for your children, class or reading clubs to use and send to a friend. Postcards are a great way to share your favourite stories and books....
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