Reading is considered by some to be a lost art, but the Belize National Library Service and Information System are soldiers on as repository to the printed word. Today, the organization hosted its annual book fair in Belize City. Senior Library Assistant Zara Castillo told us why for them, reading is still fundamental.
Zara Castillo – Senior Library Assistant
Today is our 12th annual books fair. We usually hold the fair to promote the library services, the effectiveness of reading and to showcase what the library has to offer.
Firstly, we’re going to have our coloring competition, and then we go straight into our puppet shows. We have publishers showcasing their book; we also have the Governor General here today. He will tell us some more of his marvelous stories, and we have a number of different activities just going on all around. Everybody, the different schools, the general public, everybody is invited just to stop in today, to see what the library has to offer on this day. Every year we see the need, because you know everybody know that the TV is the one capturing the most audience right now, but we want to bring it back to books. We want to show everybody that with books you can get where you want to go. That was how we were brought up in the past, reading books, so we want to get back everybody to that culture of reading.
Today’s activities include storytelling with special guest speaker Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize.