Celebrating World Book Day

library photo oneThe Antigua library held a number of special activities during the week of World Book Day in late April. It all started on April 21 with a festival for the youth group, where the kids participated in a variety of games. These included reading a giant picture book while jumping rope, playing a life-size game of “hangman” with words that were famous characters from books, a tongue twister challenge, and many more puzzles and games in the library.

One special challenge at the festival was to investigate why World Book Day is held on April 23. Two kids discovered that the date was chosen by UNESCO because it is the anniversary of the birth or death of a number of literary figures, including William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. The two winners of this investigation won their own copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis.

Another special activity later that week was a presentation of Cinderella, put on by a group of high school seniors majoring in education. The girls created an impressive life-size illustration of the characters from Cinderella and took turns reading the story to a group of children.

Perhaps the most enthusiastic celebrator of World Book Day was a member of the youth group who is big fan of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. When the library opened on the Saturday of the festival, she immediately grabbed the book off the shelf and sat down to read. She didn’t participate in any of the activities that morning because she was too busy reading. Seems like a fitting way to celebrate World Book Day!

View many more photos from the celebrations below.

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