The National Library of Uganda (NLU) will join the rest of the world to commemorate the World Book and copyright Day which falls on April 23rd each year. NLU has organized a number of activities so as to reach as many people as possible and give them the cause to have a minute to think about the relevance of books.
The day was marked by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright and was first celebrated in 1995.
the connection between 23rd April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. UNESCO chose the same day because it is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 1616.
NLU celebrations will kick off with an open day on Tuesday when the public will be invited into our offices to get to know who is who and what we have and do. the public will be free to ask anything they wish to know and give ideas and advice.
On Wednesday 22nd April a Public Author Reading for fiction novels will be held at NLU and the peak of the event will be handing over of the NLU Annual Author Award. this is the beginning of an annual event so don't miss to see our best fiction author of this year.
On Thursday 23rd April we shall have a book March with children from surrounding communities from Wandegeya Mosque to our offices on Buganda Road where we shall continue with a Children's reading tent till the end of the day. Donations of books will be handed over to the slum communities book box libraries and 2 schools supported by the Lions Club of Kampala.
On the same day, there will be a Public Debate at the National Theatre where three papers will be presented on the themes:
- Books take you places by Mr. Fagil Mandy
- You are what you read by Mr. Robert Bake; and
- Books preserve our heritage by Ms. Victoria Sekitoleko
A publishers and booksellers exhibition will be mounted for the three days from 23rd to 25th April, along with other events you should not miss.