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World Book Day celebrated in Soweto with READ Educational Trust pop-up library

Written on behalf of READ and Readathon

READ Educational Trust remains committed to promoting South Africa’s most urgent need: literacy. And today being literate is the ultimate ‘cool’.

To celebrate World Book Day and promote literacy, an iconic Readathon pop-up library, sponsored by Sage Foundation, ‘popped up’ on Monday, April 23, at Igogo Primary School, in Soweto.

Immediate interest was created among learners, and excitement mounted as READ’S Mrs Book and the talented author and cartoonist, Tim Mostert, read with the children. Learners also thoroughly enjoyed the quiz hosted by Mrs Book during the celebrations.

Pop-up libraries are a brilliant READ Educational Trust innovation to introduce children, to the joy of reading. The unparalleled pleasure that reading gives was further enhanced at Monday’s event when participants were given books to take home to read. These pop-up libraries promote the importance of reading, increase the availability of books, and grow literacy in South Africa.

READ is very reliant on the support of various private and corporate funders, such as Sage Foundation, without whom the literacy dream would be impossible to fulfil. Through these initiatives, READ encourages greater awareness of the illiteracy plight, and encourages the involvement of more patrons across Southern Africa.

Learners from Igogo Primary School in Soweto with READ’s Mrs Book at the Sage Foundation sponsored pop-up library.


Mrs Book entertains learners at Igogo Primary School in Soweto with interesting tales on World Book Day – 23rd April.


A learner from Igogo Primary School in Soweto enjoys a quiet moment of reading at the recent World Book Day pop-up library, sponsored by Sage Foundation.


Thumbs up from learners at Igogo Primary School in Soweto and Tim Mostert after celebrating World Book Day with a pop-up library and quiz, sponsored by Sage Foundation.

To find out more about READ Education Trust, visit

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