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News day / A love for reading is what Book Buddies hoped to inspire in children for its programme which began on July 31 and ends tomorrow.

“It is to address the need for building strong reading habits in children. It is also an opportunity for them to be creative,” said Marcia LaBorde, the lead facilitator and coordinator of Book Buddies.

Book Buddies focussed on the reading habits of children from five to 15 at NALIS, Port of Spain.

Sixty children were invited to participate in the free programme from the environs of Port of Spain North/ St Ann’s West. However, they have had a turn-out of roughly 48 children.

There were two sessions–morning and afternoon. The children spent an hour and a half reading, then discussed what they read and played games surrounding the themes in the book. To conclude each session the children would spend one hour in the NALIS Children’s Library.

“NALIS has collaborated with Book Buddies in providing this lovely venue for us to have these holiday sessions and in providing activities for the children in the morning and afternoon. The activities NALIS provide are chess, craft, movies and storytelling.” For the two weeks the children read one of the books from Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series–Lions at Lunchtime. The series takes readers on a journey to different countries where they learn fun facts about various cultures and animals in different parts of the world.

“We try to stay away from academic reading and strive to make it fun by incorporating creative activities.

It is important to instil the joy and pleasure of reading in children because once they have that joy it motivates them to read more and to .

learn more.” The children were quite involved and outgoing, with 10-yearold Daniel Noel sharing his view on the programme.

“I am having a lot of fun with Book Buddies. I enjoy the games that Miss plays with us,” said Daniel.

LaBorde was assisted by Maria Corneal, who is also a school teacher.

She thanked Port of Spain North/St Ann’s West MP Stuart Young for sponsoring this programme.

Book Buddies has been in existence for the past three and a half years, inspiring the joy and pleasure of reading in children.

They are located along Long Circular Road.

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