Reading group prepares for World Book Day events
Agnes Winarti , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Mon, 03/31/2008 10:45 AM | City
Book lovers' and community Forum Indonesia Membaca presented the Book on the Street event in Central Jakarta on Sunday to inform residents of the upcoming event celebrating World Book Day on Apr. 23.
Sunday's event was organized by the forum, in support of the local literacy movement, in conjunction with Car Free Day on Jl. Jendral Sudirman.
"Teachers, schoolchildren and community library caretakers took part in the event, which basically was a warm-up program for the main event, Indonesian World Book Day," Forum Indonesia Membaca program director Dessy Sekar Astina said.
Housewife Neneng was among several women who came to the gathering with their children from Pondok Pinang in South Jakarta.
"My son's teacher invited us to the event," Neneng said.
Another participant, traditional herbal drink seller Kiswanti, said books had played an important part in her life. She has even built a library with around 3,000 books at her drinks kiosk.
"My parents could not to pay for higher education for me, but they did teach me while money will come and go, an education lasts a lifetime."
The forum brought books and toys for children to attract visitors. While some came for the books, others were attracted by the toys.
"When I saw they were spinning gasing, I rushed to join in because the game reminds me of my early days," a visitor, Ponco, said.
Forum Indonesia Membaca used Sunday's program to introduce their upcoming Indonesian World Book Day event, to be held from April 23 to 27 at Bank Mandiri Museum in Kota, West Jakarta.
This year's Indonesian World Book Day will focus on the theme "Literacy Changes Lives".
Forum Indonesia Membaca has celebrated Indonesian World Book Day since 2006. The next event, prior to the main celebration, will be Book in the Park, on April 7.
"We are still deciding on the park. Probably Menteng Park or Monas. We will announce the location on our blog," Dessy said.
World Book Day has been promoted by UNESCO since 1995, to show appreciation to authors, publishers, book distributors and book-lover communities around the world for their efforts in promoting literacy.
Further information: http://www.worldbookdayindonesia.blogspot.com/