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National Library marks World Book Day & Copyright Day

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Children taking part in activities organised yesterday to mark World Book Day & Copyright Day

Library (SNL) yesterday joined the world in celebrating World Book Day (WBD) & Copyright Day.

WBD & Copyright Day is a yearly event on April 23 organised by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

Many school children gathered at the library to commemorate both occasions, a time to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors and to encourage people to discover the pleasure of reading through children.

Such event will enable the children to understand the importance of copyright laws and other measures to protect intellectual copyright.

2bookThe senior librarian in charge Stella Bradburn stated that the SNL has been celebrating such event for the last 16 years.

“The event is always marked with different reading activities on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. One very well known activity is the waiving of fines on all overdue books for one week. Children usually participate widely in the different reading activities organised for them. Every year we also have one very famous activity where we reward the best users and borrowers,” she said.

The director in the office of the registrar of copyright (ORC) Sybil Labrosse added that is important to educate the young children on copyright.

“Copyright is a form of protection provided to the original author; it protects the physical expression of ideas of the author.  In Seychelles we have the SNL and the Seychelles Archives that are working very hard to protect the original work of artist,” she said.

This coming Saturday, the SNL is organising a reading family fun day in the SNL car park. School children are invited to take part in various activities such as sale of books, talk on the importance of reading, book presentation, book talk, storytelling, poetry writing and reading, spelling bee, educational games, best story teller, film show among others.

While taking part in the organised activities, the children will not only learn about the importance of reading, they will also be sensitised on the aspect of respect for intellectual property in all its forms, specifically why they should not make copies of a publication without the appropriate rights from the original authors.

Source : Seychelles NATION

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