Franschhoek 6th Book Week for Young Readers


Franschhoek 15 to 18 May 2017: Encouraging a culture of reading in the Franschhoek valley and raising funds for a new community library and local school libraries were important reasons for establishing the Franschhoek Literary Festival in 2007.

The FLF Library Fund has invested extensively in four primary school libraries and continuing book donations to a container children’s library, crèches and other libraries, not only financially but in terms of energy and interest in the reading habits and well-being of the learners in the valley. The Book Week for Young Readers which has preceded the Festival since 2012 and the thriving school libraries are creating a generation of readers which is now moving up the schools.

Exciting children about books and reading is not really that difficult – but there have to be books and there has to be passion. Storytellers, writers, illustrators and others involved in the fascinating world of books give their time willingly during the Book Week when every learner in the valley is visited in their classroom or school hall by someone who will inspire them to look at books with new awareness.

If you are interested in being part of this initiative, please contact

For more information about the FLF School Library Fund please go to:

The practicalities:
You will be contacted with details of which day we would welcome your input – between Monday 15th and Thursday 18th May. All participants meet at Bridge House School, where a team of helpful volunteers handle transport to the schools. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided (excellent coffee!) and following the school visits you will have a perfect opportunity to network with others in the book world over a sandwich. There is a per diem allowance to cover expenses in getting to Franschhoek.

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