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October Plans

After an exciting Heritage month (see reports under WORKSHOPS) we are back to Saturday Stories at Butterfly Centre. The themes will relate to bravery and coping with life – including the dreaded exams that will be upon us after the current school holidays. Dates for workshops will be: Saturday 6th (holiday workshop) Saturday 20th (Song […]

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On happiness …

Making children happy is one of the most important objectives of CBN. Yes, we are about books and reading. But the children who come to our workshops are exposed to other things as well. We aim to make them happy. Our workshops follow a theme – lately it has been Imagination – or as the

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Winter Workshops in Stanford

Theme: Music and Story. Music and Books Dates: Monday 2 July to Wednesday 4 July Venue: Butterfly Centre The Winter Workshops in the school holidays will run from 10.00 am to 2.00 and will include a healthy snack to start and lunch at 12.30. Musical input will come from a group of Hermanus High boys

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New Year … New plans

CBN has got off to a cracking start in 2018 with new projects in view and old projects continuing. This is going to be a landmark year for us and for the children we work with. We are particularly happy to welcome Gcina Mhlophe as our Patron. Her message for the new year? ‘Shine on!’

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End of the year is nigh!

CBN will be doing some informal workshops in November and December with the children, fitting around their exam schedules. Lesley and Chantel will also be talking to 30 librarians of the Winelands and Overstrand Districts on 10 November – about the toolbox project. Lesley and Primrose will be giving a workshop for the children at

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From here until January

We are expanding our new project – Our World – to reach children in Gansbaai (where we are talking to the municipal library), Hermanus and Stanford. Each child involved in the project will produce their own book (which they will take home when it is finished) and CBN hopes to produce, and self-publish – and

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Busy, busy bees …

In the first of three April workshops, Stanford children visited Overberg Honey and had an incredible time. Our thanks to Nadia and Daniel for the opportunity and to Nauthando and Aaron for the excellent and informative tour. Home

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April Holiday Plans

Bees and Butterflies are on the programme with a visit to the Overberg Honey Company to create entries for a honey-bee art competition and a workshop at the Butterfly Centre, which could … just … feature butterflies! We are also planning a workshop with Red Hill children later in April – more news on that

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Plans! Plans! Plans!

CBN has been extremely busy during January with forward planning and toolbox developments – as well as strategic planning meetings. But none of that has meant enough direct contact with children, which is what we are about, after all, so we are looking forward to World Read Aloud Day on 16th February, when we will

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What next for CBN?

This month of November sees us nearing completion of the first of three planned toolboxes – and they are even more exciting than we had hoped. Our workshops are very intense. They can’t be done with hundreds of children at a time. But we wanted to spread our methods to reach more young people –

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