The Harare City Library, as part of its objective to promote literacy, reading, and literary activities, will next week host a public talk and discussion on “Getting Teens Reading.”
The event will take place at the Book Café on Wednesday 30 July at 5.30 p.m.
“The talk will be led by Dorothy Dyer and Mignon Hardie from the FunDza Literacy Trust in South Africa, and will focus particularly on developing a reading culture among teenagers with books and on cellphones,” reads part of the statement by the Harare City Library.
“FunDza provides stories via mobile phones using MxIt, and has a Mobi site which hosts a large number of books, short stories and others that are free to download. They also encourage readers to develop their own writing skills and become published authors by hosting space in the FunDza Fanz section of their Mobi site for young writers to publish their own work and showcase their talent to their peers,” reads the statement.
Together with Cover2Cover publishers, FunDza also produces books for teenagers, and their Harmony High series has been very successful in getting young people hooked on reading in South Africa.
“We believe this this discussion will be of particular interest to both established and budding writers, as well as to publishers who are interested in learning more about the use of new technologies for this market,” reads the statement.
Please join us if you are interested – and feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone else you think may like to come along. More information about FunDza can be found at <http://www.fundza.co.za> and <http://fundza.mobi>, and Dorothy and Mignon will be joining other story-tellers at Harare City Library’s Children’s Reading Tent during the Zimbabwe International Book Fair.