At the beginning of October 2015, as an extension of the work of our Alex Bury Library and in partnership with the Hermanus Times, we launched the community-wide Right-to-Read Campaign. The aim was to persuade members of the greater Hermanus community to contribute beautiful, age-appropriate storybooks for us to distribute to every Grade R classroom in the Overstrand – 45 in total. They will operate as mini-libraries for children who would not normally have access to books, to read in class, take home with them and be read to by teachers and family members. We are hoping to distribute at least 50 books to each of these 45 classrooms.
We have already distributed books to four schools, including the Camphill School for intellectually disabled children, and all the children were enthralled with this wonderful gift. The bulk of the books will be distributed during the second school term, when we know exactly how many we have collected.
Apart from the books accumulated, the campaign has created a great deal of awareness about the importance of reading for children, as well as the work of Enlighten.