BY AMANDA MOSES
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and female education activist once said, “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” It is through this lens that International Literacy Day focuses on bringing more books to children, and even adults.
September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1967 to spread aware-ness on the importance of literacy and education. This year’s theme was “Literacy and Multilingualism,” which focused on diversity in edu-cation. According to the UNESCO’s website, “Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is central to address-ing these literacy challenges and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
In honor of this celebration, the Brooklyn Reading Council (BRC) held their Annual International Literacy Day book giveaway at the Spring Creek Towers’ (SCT) Shopping Center, distributing over 1,000 free books to the community on Friday, September 8th.
The second day of school may seem bleak for some students, but the silver lining for that day was being able to choose up to two free books. There were mysteries, psychological thrillers, biographies, and so much more available. Avid readers were surprised by the mountains of books that were spread across several tables. From the wee hours of the morning until the early evening (7am to 5pm) dozens of readers of all ages were able to sift through piles of novels, which were divided into age appropriate sections.
Dental assistant, Dilora Bahoronova was astonished by the selection of books available to adults. This was the first time she has come across the book giveaway, and she decided to pick up a fantasy novel. “All of these books are so great,” Bahoronova said smiling while picking out some-thing to read while she rides the bus.
Attendees were happily assisted by energetic volunteers from BRC, the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. /Theta Chapter, and the Popular Literary Club. In addition to the book giveaway, visitors were offered bookmarks, pamphlets about literacy, resources for writ-ing, parenting tips and teaching materials. The giveaway also had a donation container for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Danielle Williams looks forward to this giveaway at the start of the school year because it popularized reading. “It’s absolutely wonderful because my children like to be read to,” she said. Her children are students of PS 346 and they love books with animal characters, so Williams was pleased when she found another Dr. Seuss classic to add to her children’s collection.
The book giveaway is one of many activities conducted by the BRC, to find out more visit http:// brooklynreadingcouncil.gmgpro.com/ or email brookylnreadingcouncil @gmail.com
Photos by Amanda Moses