Good morning, The Principal, Teachers and friends.
Today, I stand here to talk
about the Reading Campaign which is to be launched officially today by our
Principal. The campaign is for a whole month. The first of September is the
start and the thirtieth is the end where the winners of our various competitions
will receive their prizes.
As the Head Librarian, I find my role very challenging. Today, I wish to
state the objectives of the campaign.
The Board of Librarians would like the library to be the resource centre for
all forms of reading and research. Our first objective is to gender interest in
the library as the nerve centre of learning. When interest has been planted, our
second objective is to promote the reference materials and the non-reference
materials especially the fiction section [as in graphic novels] to the students.
Then when students come to know the titles of both reference and fiction texts,
the third objective is to make reading an activity of knowledge and
entertainment. Our objectives are three-pronged.
What are the benefits of reading? There are many but for this moment, reading
is a source of knowledge for all ages, be it for studies or work. Then reading
exposes you to the wonders of this earth. Your thirst for knowledge grows when
you are assailed by facts and figures of
events in this world. In addition, reading entertains you. Reading is
entertainment in that through the printed form, your thoughts are magically
transported to unknown realms. Reading can
develop into a family tradition which leads to bonding. Make it your hobby! Even
surfing on the net requires reading, so read, you must!
Now I come to the part which would interest all. We are conducting a few
competitions to get you interested in reading fiction works. The library is
presently stocked with the latest editions of bestsellers.
The first competition is Marathon Reading where the winner has to read as
many books as he could. The three winners would be interviewed by a panel of
judges who would ask them questions on plot, characters and author of any books.
The second competition is Book Review. Pick any book you have read and write
a review. This competition is divided into 4 Languages with 3 winners per
The third competition is Suggestions and Ideas on how to make the Library
Your Second Home. The suggestions and ideas must be accompanied with concrete
examples and viable applications. Again,
there would be 3 winners.
The fourth competition is Writing Slogans. Write a slogan to catch a reader's
attention. In this case, there would be ten winners.
The fifth and last competition is a class effort. In this competition, the
class works as a team to select 30 fiction books. They would then have to write
the plot summary and put forward reasons why the book is a good read.
All prizes are sponsored by Popular Book Store. Book vouchers would be
presented to the winners and purchases can be made storewide. Prizes range from
$100 to $1,000.00.
Besides the competitions, there would be activities, too. Theatre
personalities are invited to present story telling sessions, drama
presentations, impersonations of cartoon characters. Local authors would be
invited to talk about their books and sign autographs.
Check the Librarians' website for more information on competitions, prizes
and activities. Flyers would be distributed to advertise our competitions and
activities after this talk.
That's all for now. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me or any