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There are long reports ... and there are short reports. If you need to know absolutely everything, please go to the Resources tab where our pdf documents are stored. If, like most of us, you just need the basics, short reports of our workshop activities can be found right here.

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16 Aug 2021
Spring Festival In the school holidays at the beginning of September, we plan on having a Spring Festival of renewal and revival.
15 Aug 2021
‘PP’ stands for ‘Pandemic Permitting’ and will probably be permanently in our thoughts and planning for a long time to come. As will ‘Covid compliant’. That said, we have some exciting ideas brewing...
14 Jul 2021
We began, nearly ten years ago, as a workshop-focused NPO (Not-For Profit-Organization). During hundreds of workshops in rural and township venues, we learned a lot about how to engage – and keep –...
22 Jun 2021
The Children’s Book Network (CBN) has taken the opportunity to reach more children in other areas of our lovely town. In partnership with the Stanford Library, who graciously allowed us to use the...
10 Jun 2021
For those with little time available, there is a summary at the end of this article and, to keep things as short as possible, links to particular aspects of this big project that you may be...
10 Jun 2021
Pretty much everything changed in 2020 – for everybody - and CBN was no exception.
10 Jun 2021
There is a lot going on. So much, that the website has been a bit neglected. So much to do, that everything else, that is not directly related to children and reading, has been neglected too. But it...
24 Apr 2021
We are hoping to achieve ... Always to remember the purpose of CBN, which is to get children reading and enjoying books!
31 Mar 2021
On 19th March, CBN held our first workshop in over a year and the children were very eager to be part of that after all these months of working independently.
4 Mar 2021
This is a short afternoon workshop, after school, and before a long weekend. The aim is to introduce the theme of Colours and leave reading packs and activities that will keep the children occupied...
4 Mar 2021
On the last Friday of February, we arranged a meeting with some CBN children. We haven’t been allowed to see them much, not since Covid became the main topic of conversation and ruler of our – and...
4 Mar 2021
At the end of February 2021, we conducted a short survey of what the CBN children most enjoyed during their year of Lockdown Learning. The table is filed as a PDF at OUR RECORDS:
3 Mar 2021
Please go to: OUR RECORDS at top of page to find the general report and monitoring and evaluation report. Once they have been completed, the financials will be added. (Our finabcial year only ended...
3 Mar 2021
Children’s Book Network is fully prepared to adapt to whatever the current Covid circumstances are. We have full compliance to national regulations and , at all times, and in every case, the safety...
2 Mar 2021
Below, is a link to a short film made during the hugely successful Stanford Festival, which took place in December between lockdowns. Many of the children you will see here are long-standing CBN...
26 Feb 2021
WEEK 1 (1 March) Cellphone and communications rollout. Daisy and Vuyo to build network. Complete Swimming and all other work in Happiness Books WEEK 2-3 (8 March and 15 March) COLOURS Reading Packs...
26 Feb 2021
The Happiness books
26 Feb 2021
The beginning of January is not the beginning of CBN’s year. The beginning of March is when we start to implement the ideas that have simmered and baked during the previous year. The ideas that are...
11 Jan 2021
In 2021 Children’s Book Network enters its tenth year of working with children and reading. We aim for it to be a year to celebrate children as well as books. In spite of everything pandemics and...
23 Sep 2020
A summary for those who are short of time... Children’s Book Network approaches 10 years of working with children without books or a love of reading. This is happening in a year of global disaster...
23 Sep 2020
Introduction Soon, it will be ten years since CBN began to work with children from poor communities who had little interest in books and reading.
7 May 2020
A funding appeal without the number 19 in it! Instead, we would like to invite you to join the Children’s Book Network Thousand Club.
24 Apr 2020
The Children's Book Network (CBN) team are working on the development of our Reading Toolboxes, as well as creating online content for children during the lockdown.
11 Apr 2020
As our days seem to melt into each other at the moment, here’s a fun activity you can do to remind us all of the chocolatey celebration of Easter which is happening this weekend!
10 Apr 2020
A children's book about the Coronavirus, illustrated by the award-winning Gruffalo artist Axel Scheffler, is available for free online. We've uploaded it here for you to read and share with your...
26 Mar 2020
We thought we’d share a few ways you can keep your children moving while at home. Quiet time, reading and other brain stimulating activities are important, but some fun movement games are necessary...
24 Mar 2020
With schools closed and contact with others limited, what are children to do with themselves? We have been brainstorming ideas about resources that can be accessed through our website now, and also...
20 Mar 2020
Thank you for your support. Our Funding Proposal can be found at the bottom of this article by clicking the PDF links, or on OUR RECORDS page.
19 Mar 2020
With all of the hype and misinformation around the Corona virus, it is important to put our children's minds at ease about the pandemic. It is also vitally important to properly inform them about...
10 Mar 2020
CBN is proud to welcome Inga as a serious part of our team – and a wonderful inspiration to our children. As an Ambassador for CBN, we hope that she will raise our profile locally and she already has...
9 Mar 2020
This has to rate as one of our best! We had 36 children in attendance – only three of them in the ‘Little CBN’ category. These were most competently absorbed in stories by Lisa Witherden, and some...
How does our programme work?
9 Mar 2020
Children's Book Network (CBN) has been operating since 2012, and while we've changed and adapted over time, the core of our programme remains the same - to instil a love of reading in our children,...
5 Mar 2020
UNDERGROUND! Theme: Looking at non-fiction – and looking at the fun in photographic ‘big books’. The story of going underground – and what might be found there. LITTLE CBN Going underwater and what...
4 Mar 2020
High School children are keen to help – but very pressurised by work and sport. We have enthusiastic support from children at Hermanus High School who come when they can. Surprisingly, this often...
3 Mar 2020
We at last had the resources and staff to develop a proper M&E system. Our Administrator, Wilien van Zyl, recorded all children attending our workshops and noted demographic details that enable...
CBN children enjoying being read to
28 Feb 2020
During 2019 we held 21 Workshops in total, and worked with just over 1 191 children in Stanford, De Kop, Zwelihle (Hermanus) and in Mitchell’s Plain. Our first two workshops for 2020 brought us a...
21 Feb 2020
Still in the same venue at Norfolk Place, CBN is welcoming even more children than ever this year, with additional help from volunteers and part time staff as well as the old trusted team. We thank...
18 Feb 2020
We are delighted to have the help and enthusiasm of Lisa Witherden, who turned up at exactly the right moment to assist with some of the critical issues facing an expanding CBN.
7 Feb 2020
Children’s Book Network (CBN) has officially kicked off our Saturday workshops for the year. These workshops take place twice a month and give our children a chance to read, space to let their...
16 Nov 2019
Photographs of children doing things tend to be more alluring, and maybe reflect more of the activities around the theme of the workshop than the actual business of reading. But they read! A lot.
15 Nov 2019
We are finishing the year off in style with two parties, two workshops in Stanford and two workshops in Tafelsig (Mitchells Plain).
15 Nov 2019
Our Children’s Book Network choir has been invited to join a group of singers from the Netherlands in joyful song next week, Friday 22nd November, at Madre’s Restaurant in Stanford. 16.00 until 18.00...
15 Nov 2019
Some projects turn out to be a lot bigger – and a lot more work – than expected, and the CBN Toolbox Project definitely falls into that category.
15 Oct 2019
Supporters of CBN will have noticed that our website has not been as regularly updated as they have come to expect. This year has been hugely successful in the work that we are here to do – creating...
10 Jul 2019
The venue was the amazing Groenberg Community Library , right in the heart of Franschhoek.
2 Jul 2019
Today, Tuesday 2nd July, CBN had a workshop titled Place.
Warm up game
21 Jun 2019
On Friday 21 June CBN hosted a workshop at Enlighten Trust , attended by 28 children. The theme of the workshop was 'Windows'. It was focused on what you saw as you looked outside a window and what...
9 Jun 2019
On Saturday the 8th June, the CBN children were once again reunited. Jude Victor came to visit the children which was a great surprise. The workshop was attended by 28 Children from Stanford and Die...
25 May 2019
Saturday 25th May, we had a workshop in Stanford in which 34 children attended. The theme was Friendship.
16 May 2019
Lesley will be away for nearly three weeks – and during that time, Nyasha Makwarimba, who is now interning with us, will take over the running of the website. All supportive comments can be directed...
17 Apr 2019
CBN will offer a workshop on Saturday 19th April with the theme ‘Expressions’
3 Apr 2019
And, by the numbers … We always have an oversupply of children of all ages in Stanford when the call goes out. We had 54 children in attendance on 13 March and a more restrained 19 in Hermanus at...
3 Apr 2019
Drawing on experience Especially for children who may not be articulate in English (although all our participants understand if they are Grade 4 and above), illustration provides a creative starting...
3 Apr 2019
Working on the theme of ‘US!’ On 18th March (Stanford) and 19 March Enlighten Education Trust in Zwelihle in Hermanus, we gave two holiday reading workshops to the great enjoyment of the children.
3 Apr 2019
Two Day-Workshops on 18 and 19 March On 18th March (Stanford) and 19 March (Enlighten Education Trust in Zwelihle in Hermanus).
1 Apr 2019
When famous hip-hop singer Janine van Rooy (Blaq Pearl) works with our children, they write songs together. It isn’t easy – and the rules are that what they want to say goes in, regardless of the...
31 Mar 2019
A new development, and a logical one. We have for some time been working on our methods for monitoring and evaluating the progress our children make with their reading. We can SEE how much more they...
20 Mar 2019
Our choir began as a community building exercise,but has grown from there. In Stanford we work with children from two communities and two schools. Singing seemed like a good idea to bring everyone...
15 Mar 2019
OK. This is why we couldn't avoid forming a Little CBN! They just come along anyway, and during the holidays often have to follow their older siblings, who are baby-sitting. But ... honestly ......
14 Mar 2019
After the success of the inaugural Teen Team last year, we have regrouped.
9 Mar 2019
We had a workshop at the butterfly centre that was attended by 45 children from Stanford. It was conducted by Vuyokazi Siza. We focused on introducing a new song, ‘We are the world – Micheal Jackson...
2 Mar 2019
CBN is very grateful to Phumlani Lose, who gives up many Saturday mornings to CBN. He adds both his voice and his example to our workshops.
1 Mar 2019
For CBN we have a new, New Year when we hit the first of March and begin our new financial year. So, it IS the first of March and we have a whole new 2019 filing section to populate, and many plans.
24 Feb 2019
Reading a book is just like being a detective in a TV series. You have to look for clues to make the story work. This was our first book detective story:
24 Feb 2019
CBN offered two workshops in January, but only one in February – the hectic athletics season at schools, but we are in full stride again, with a busy March programme. Saturday morning CBN Book Club 2...
10 Feb 2019
Children everywhere used to have strong tradition of clapping games. In Africa that tradition still exists and is enjoyed hugely.
29 Jan 2019
Moving the focus of story to Africa – where it all began
27 Jan 2019
The children who come to Children’s Book Network workshops in increasing numbers are volunteers. They want to come. It isn’t part of school. It’s fun.
23 Jan 2019
Continuing our theme of story and how important it is culturally and socially, we will be working with some stories out of Africa. The workshop will be from 9.30 (snacks for the children) to about 12...
17 Jan 2019
CBN was privileged to welcome Nina and Michael Grimm, from Rottweil, to a workshop on 3 January 2019.
15 Jan 2019
A Grimm Fairy Tale Once upon a time …
9 Jan 2019
There will be more about that, the first workshop of this year, the last workshop of last year ... and the generosity of all our friends. Our apologies for the short break in communications.
22 Dec 2018
Every December we enjoy the inspiring sight of thousands of bikers pouring into designated centres with huge teddy-bears and other toys strapped onto their bikes, themselves … their girlfriends.
12 Dec 2018
We ended off the year on a complete high note with participation from talented Zimbabwean musician Terry Tekura and his colleague Edward Schmidt – on 10th December.
5 Dec 2018
We have had a magnificent ride through this past year. CBN has gone from strength to strength on all fronts.
4 Nov 2018
Great choir input from Vuyokasi Size and her husband.
3 Nov 2018
The following short address was made at the awarding of the Social Responsibility Awards at Hermanus High School in October 2018 by Lesley Beake.
2 Nov 2018
CBN needs – and would like to offer - local support in providing exciting and stimulating after-school activities for local children. We are also looking to share some of the problems and be part of...
31 Oct 2018
CBN will be holding a holiday workshop for our loyal supporters! There will be storytelling and activities for Little CBN (6-8 years old) and a fun two-day workshop for out regulars (9-12 years-old...
21 Oct 2018
Those who sing together grow together. We began our choir with the Winter Workshops when the theme was Imagination – but we never imagined how important it would become.
17 Oct 2018
We are busy recruiting a new Teen Team to work with us next year. For teenagers who have been working with us during 2018, the benefits have been huge. First it is fun. Then it is a feel-good thing...
16 Oct 2018
Music has always been part of CBN. We read together, listen together, play together … and sing together. Now CBN has a choir that forms an important part of our workshops and events.
1 Oct 2018
On Monday 24th September (which is a public holiday for Heritage Day in South Africa), CNB held a very successful workshop at Butterfly Centre in Stanford. Nearly sixty CBN children entertained ten...
11 Sep 2018
The Theme: Our Heritage. The San people of Africa. There will be four workshops in this series, which form a unit in our Toolbox. They could be presented as a two (or even three) day workshop, or as...
10 Sep 2018
The Theme: Our Heritage. The San people of Africa. There will be four workshops in this series, which form a unit in our Toolbox. They could be presented as a two (or even three) day workshop, or as...
7 Sep 2018
We have been getting to know each other during the Winter Workshops in Stanford and the feeling was mutual. We like working together. The only sad thing is that the Matrics we have been working with...
6 Sep 2018
Workshops with a heritage theme Saturday Stories: On Saturday 8th September Saturday Stories: On Saturday 15th September Heritage Day Celebration on Monday 24 September
20 Aug 2018
We already have a splendid, eager, hard-working team of teenagers – ably led by Nyasha Makwarimba, who has worked with CBN for well over a year now. Now we have an official Teen Team of teenagers who...
20 Aug 2018
We have always believed – and said publicly – that CBN must stick to what it does. That is to work with children of 10,11 and 12 who can read, but don’t. Children who come from book-deprived...
11 Jul 2018
The Winter Workshops in Stanford – three days of workshop and an additional three mornings of books and song – have been, a tremendous success.
30 Jun 2018
CBN has run a regular series of 7 Saturday workshops from the beginning of March and these have proved not only popular, but also very productive.
27 May 2018
During 2018, our colleague, Janine van Rooy-Overmeyer (Blaq Pearl) held two extremely successful workshops in Tafelsig (Mitchell’s Plain). We hope Janine will be able to take this further next year...
16 Apr 2018
CBN, in connection with NEAD, held a workshop facilitated by Janine van Rooi (Blaq Pearl) at Freedom Park Community Hall from 9am to 12 pm The report is on its way, but these pictures speak a...
15 Apr 2018
Vuyo has assisted with workshops many times, but earlier this year, she asked if she could bring some children from her community at Die Kop, halfway between Stanford and Gansbaai. Of course.
15 Apr 2018
Monday 10th April saw twenty children assembling in the Butterfly Centre in Stanford – early, as usual, with their community facilitator Vuyokasi Siza and helper Patricia.
7 Apr 2018
To celebrate the end of the school holidays, we will be holding a workshop at Buterfly Centre at 10.30 on Monday 9th. The theme will be My House – my imagination!
17 Mar 2018
On 17 February, CBN held the second of a new scheme of training workshops. This is the extension of our Stanford workshops that includes children from Die Kop and was facilitated by Vuyo Siza with...
7 Mar 2018
It has always been a dream to find, and train, people from within the communities we work with. Vuyo Siza is just such a person. She already works at Butterfly Centre – a wonderful school for...
2 Mar 2018
The first in a series of workshops to be given by Blaq Pearl (Janine van Rooi) and colleagues in Mitchell’s Plain. These workshops will be held in cooperation with community organization NEAD.
19 Feb 2018
The 16th February saw the first of what we hope will be a regular story session in Stanford with Vuyokazi Siza as workshop leader. This is part of CBN’s new outreach project where we will be...
11 Feb 2018
There will be a short workshop on Friday afternoon, 2.30 for snacks, 3.00 workshop begins at Butterfly Centre where Lesley will focus on the message to children of Nelson Mandela in this the...
17 Dec 2017
On a Saturday morning a bit of story-telling always comes in handy and some of our stalwart Stanford CBN children met to celebrate the holidays and listen to An African Mother Christmas by Gcina...
14 Dec 2017
On Saturday 16th December CBN will be having a special story morning – with books that reflect the spirit of generosity and caring – and Africa.
29 Oct 2017
On Saturday 28th October CBN continued with the theme of personal identity and home. Books discussed included stories of place and landscape as well as addressing the problem of communication and...
27 Oct 2017
Number four in the series of workshops with Stanford children about their personal heritage. We began with landscape of their environment, and maps. That activity will continue – but we are also...
5 Oct 2017
These workshops extended over three days and were attended by between 26 children (first day) and 18 children (third day). Some children were away visiting relatives in E Cape during the school...
4 Oct 2017
OUR WORLD PROJECT History This project started on 24 September with an introduction to the ideas of place and person – who I am and where I live – and will continue until after the summer workshops....
2 Oct 2017
CBN will be giving two workshops in Stanford during the holidays, carrying on with the theme of ‘Our World’ launched here last week. The workshops will be on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October,...
28 Sep 2017
On Heritage weekend (23 September), CBN held the first of a series of workshops around the landscape and lives of children in the Overstrand region. They got off to a cracking start!
5 Sep 2017
Our next workshop will be on Saturday 23 September at 10.00, at The Butterfly Centre in Stanford.
20 Jul 2017
On 3, 4 & 5 July CBN held a workshop with Enlighten Education Trust at their premises in Hermanus. We had a high attendance level with around 22 on the first day, 26 on the second day – and about...
25 Jun 2017
We need more local assistance – people who can help us with the detail, follow up on contacts, find discounts for supplies, help with catering. We have a very small, but loyal and hard-working team,...
27 Apr 2017
Our theme for the next three months will be Local Heroes and we got off to a heroic start on Saturday where we introduced the idea of reading heroes and the fact that – whatever kind of hero you want...
15 Apr 2017
On Saturday 22 April at 10.30 we will assemble once again at the Butterfly Centre, this time for a celebration of Local Heroes. Inspirational singer-songwriter Blaq Pearl will be with us again and...
14 Apr 2017
Eggzactly as eggspected, 21 children arrived at the Butterfly Centre for a pre-holiday weekend workshop that promised fun stories, fun books … and also fun.
12 Apr 2017
We will be exploring some design ideas around the shape of eggs, decorating real eggs and – most importantly – hearing some stories that are mostly for fun this time. There is a faint possibility...
11 Apr 2017
We took an exceptionally well behaved group of children to Overberg Honey on 10th April, accompanied by community helper Akona and volunteer Anne Mckeag.
16 Feb 2017
Today – 16th February – is a big day in the reading calendar. It might not attract as much attention as the better publicized St Valentine’s Day, but it has more meaning for the many children around...
21 Dec 2016
Day Two and a different set of children – and expectations. We foregathered for games to let off steam and then separated for different activities. De Bron Primary School kindly provided the venue....
21 Dec 2016
We were delighted to be asked to be involved in an annual initiative to give children in Stanford something to do in the holidays.
6 Dec 2016
The Stanford creative works initiative is a community based project that offers after school creative workshops as well as school based skills development groups and a school readiness program for...
14 Sep 2016
Ten librarians from five schools gathered on a Saturday 10 September at Groendal Primary in Franschhoek to listen with interest to a presentation – and then demonstration – of the new CBN toolboxes....
4 Aug 2016
CBN workshops encompass a rich mix of story, activity, books, art, books, drama, books, craft, books, puppets, books … whatever it takes. Here is a brief summary of what we have been working on since...
14 Jul 2016
The last workshop of the winter workshop season finished in hugs (handshakes went out long ago) and then hugs again as a dedicated group of CBN participants decided that they want a regular book club...
12 Jul 2016
For a change, this workshop report is from the children! Triza, Busiswa, Liko, Ouola and Mpokisen gave feedback on a fun (and funny) morning in Stanford at the Butterfly Centre.
11 Jul 2016
Twenty Grade Fours arrived bang on time with our CBN community helper at 10.00 this morning. The Butterfly Centre again hospitably allowed us to use their lovely premises.
8 Jul 2016
The winter school holidays saw the beginning of what we hope will be a long association with Enlighten at their beautiful premises in Hermanus. Perfectly positioned for the surrounding children,...
8 Jul 2016
Cold but sunny was a good forecast for children who need to let off steam before workshops and during lunch.
8 Jul 2016
The second day of CBN's Green, Green Theme workshop at Enlighten Education Trust in Hermanus had all children returning - plus a couple of extra additions.
8 Jul 2016
For the first (but certainly not the last) time CBN worked with Enlighten Trust in Hermanus to bring a workshop with a conservation theme to children from five local schools.
6 Jun 2016
Books and Stories were the theme – and CBN launched our toolbox of the same name at a lovely festival of story on a sunny winter Saturday in the beautiful main hall of the Centre for the Book.
1 Jun 2016
On Saturday 28 May a rather huge group of children wanted to join what turned out to be a successful morning for twelve signed up would-be workshoppers.
6 May 2016
On Saturday, 30 April, CBN held its second workshop in Stanford, entitled Cats.
6 May 2016
Excited children boarded the minibus on Friday, 29 April for a visit to Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary. The field trip marked the start to the Children’s Book Network new workshop entitled, Cats.
1 Apr 2016
A first workshop in a new area is always a little tense. Will the children come? Well, at the frst CBN workshop in Stanford, twenty children turned up at very short notice – and they came dressed to...
30 Mar 2016
We are pleased to present our annual report for a very exciting year of workshops and CBN activities. To see the full report, please go to:
27 Mar 2016
CBN has been working with books and music for years now. They go together like … well, like children and books should.
18 Mar 2016
What a pleasure to visit a beautiful library in Grassy Park, full of books and interest and, above all, READERS!
7 Mar 2016
This document explains just what a Children's Book Network workshop might be for a child.
19 Feb 2016
On Saturday 13th February, 24 children (twenty-five including a baby on someone’s back!), and ten adults converged on Simon’s Town Library for a story carnival that lasted most of the day.
1 Feb 2016
A remarkable team of musicians and storytellers will assemble in Simon’s Town Library on 13th February to work with 25 children from Red Hill informal settlement and their community worker Buyiswa...
15 Dec 2015
In the last year Children’s Book Network have been connecting with theatre organisations in and around Cape Town. One such organisation is Jungle Theatre.
9 Nov 2015
CBN has completed a series of fifteen workshops over two years in Clanwilliam – twelve of them with funding from the department of Water and Sanitation in collaboration with PGS Heritage and...
4 Nov 2015
Over the past eight months – and with a run up for six months before that, CBN has been working with the children of the Cederberg on a series of workshops considering the million-year heritage of...
2 Nov 2015
Nearly four years ago, Children’s Book Network gave a workshop at Red Hill informal settlement above Simon’s Town. This was at the instigation of a group of Swedish librarians – and a drama teacher...
25 Oct 2015
Several dreams came true yesterday in an emotional day of welcome and much thanksgiving for CBN and our friends from Sweden and Rotary International.
23 Oct 2015
Johan Wiklund is on his way on the last short hop to Cape Town. CBN is ready to meet him!
20 Oct 2015
On Saturday 24th October at 3.10 pm, Swedish pilot Johan Wiklund will land his Moth bi-plane in Stellenbosch having completed an epic flight across Europe and Africa from northern Scandinavia.
12 Oct 2015
Red Hill children will be examining the concept of Courage – in life as well as in small aeroplanes – on the morning of Saturday 24th October.
12 Oct 2015
CBN will hold a workshop on the afternoon of Thursday 15th October at Clanwilliam Living Landscape project as part of the Heritage Symposium being held in Clanwilliam between 15th and 17th October.
18 Jul 2015
Two workshops and a small party! Winter is the main focus for CBN workshops, when the temperature is right and the holiday is long. The school holidays are the perfect time for four-day workshops and...
17 Jul 2015
It is wonderful to see how children begin to form a group and to trust and accept the facilitators. Once the initial shyness has worn off, of course, it gets more difficult to command attention – but...
17 Jul 2015
We continue! Twenty-four children attended the second day of a four-day workshop for younger children on the theme of archaeology and the Olifants River Valley (Time and the Valley).
13 Jul 2015
Today was the first day of a four-day workshop for younger children on the theme of archaeology and the Olifants River Valley.
3 Jul 2015
A small, but important workshop will be held for new readers on Tuesday 14th July. This will be at the same time as the bigger workshop for Grade 4,5,6 & 7 that will take place fro 13th to 16th...
3 Jul 2015
Some days are just wonderful. The last three days of CBN workshop in Clanwilliam have been days we will never forget – and we hope that none of the seventeen teenagers who attended will forget them...
30 May 2015
On Friday afternoon 29th May CBN held a presentation workshop for teenagers at the Clanwilliam Library as part of the Clanwilliam Dam Community Project.
25 May 2015
On Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May a full complement of children attended a workshop at Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project linking the art and science of tracking and the art and science of...
15 May 2015
On Thursday 14th May CBN visited Elizabethfontein Primary School, over the Pakhuis Pass from Clanwilliam. Many older children attend workshops in Clanwilliam, but the school has requested class...
5 May 2015
We were invited to attend the Sharjah Children’s reading festival in Sharjah (UAE) on 30th April and 1-2 May 2015. It was a very different and very exciting event.
13 Apr 2015
We have been talking about it for a while, but this holiday CBN hosted The FunDza Literacy Trust - http://www.fundza.co.za/ for a workshop with high school children in Clanwilliam as part of the...
12 Apr 2015
Between 8 and 10 April, twenty-three children aged from 9-11 years old attended the most exciting workshop yet! A team of experienced facilitators worked hard to develop the materials, most of which...
3 Apr 2015
Local rock-art guide David van der Westhuizen joined CBN for the first – but not the last – time to talk to the workshop participants from Grades 7 & 8 (and some enthusiastic others!) about the...
24 Mar 2015
Not long after arranging to go to Warrior on Wheels courtesy of Assitej South Africa, Assitej called us again to offer us tic
24 Mar 2015
In Clanwilliam on 20 and 21 March CBN held the first workshop in the Clanwilliam Dam Community Project series. The theme was Water and Stories.
23 Mar 2015
Our lovely new friends at Assitej South Africa called us a couple of weeks ago to see if we had any children we would like to take to the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg.We quickly said yes! Of course!
2 Mar 2015
CBN was fortunate to get sponsorship from Pick n Pay for a small workshop in Red Hill in February. It was held on Saturday 28th at Simon’s Town Library.
11 Dec 2014
Last week, teenagers from Red Hill informal settlement met Joey, a horse, on the stage of the Artscape Theatre. Nothing could have prepared them, or us, for the impact.
27 Nov 2014
This is the week that 10 Red Hill children travel to Cape Town for first a workshop, and then a performance of War Horse. CBN kicks off the week with a short workshop at 4.00 (after school) at Red...
4 Nov 2014
Review from What's On in Cape Town by Samantha Orange
27 Oct 2014
How to make workshops happen The intention to hold a workshop, and the idea of a location grows quite quickly into a real event with real people taking part in it - it will take six weeks at least to...
6 Oct 2014
Saturday 4th October was a busy day in Clanwilliam, with the last of the walking groups visiting town ‘before the summer begins’ (wrong, it began on Saturday) and a triathlon being run in the...
26 Sep 2014
Since the rather intriguing looking rock gongs have been installed just inside the gate of Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project, they have attracted a lot of attention – and made a lot of music....
26 Sep 2014
Pre-school visit to CBN & CLLP
15 Aug 2014
For whatever reason it seemed difficult to engage the children in writing their own story/poem/ideas. They always responded more to the activity of writing a collective song...usually a daunting task...
23 Jul 2014
On 16 and 17 July children from Red Hill informal settlement attended a CBN workshop at Simon’s Town Library. Seventeen children attended on both days, with some changes in the group after day one,...
14 Jul 2014
Venue: Simon’s Town Library (on main road, opposite police station and after the shops stop. It is up a steep driveway on your right and there is plenty of parking at the top) Theme: Books and music...
7 Jul 2014
Rock Gong Workshop in Clanwilliam Twenty-five children from three schools in the Cederberg took part in a four-day workshop at Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project (CLLP) between 30 June and 3 July....
30 Jun 2014
Our first day at Clanwilliam. We had a beautiful successful day with the children.
14 Jun 2014
On Saturday 14th June children in Clanwilliam remembered the children and young people who were part of the freedom struggle in South Africa, particularly those involved in the Soweto uprising that...
2 Jun 2014
On Saturday 31 May, Clanwilliam children took to the sun on a very cold day to read and enjoy (and review) stories about music. The books were supplied by Cambridge University Press and are part of...
28 May 2014
During April and May 2014, we focused on an out-of-Africa story. We wanted to focus on imagination and how books can take readers anywhere in the world of ideas. We abridged the book to make the...
24 May 2014
Almost every book and text we have worked with in the last two years has been African. This time we decided to show the participants how books can help them fly – like the Snow Goose in Paul Gallico’...
23 May 2014
Looking forward to our snow goose workshop that will be held at Simon's Town Library on Friday the 23rd of May, we will have Anele Mhlahlo with his musical talent, Croc E teaching children how to...
14 Apr 2014
We continued the theme of last week’s workshops this morning by, first of all, looking at the patterns of stories in the same way that we had listened for patterns in music. This time we made the...
7 Apr 2014
On the last day of the school autumn break, CBN held a workshop at Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project. We were focusing on the art of listening – both to words and to music. Anele Mhlahlo brought...
2 Apr 2014
Today, 2 April, is World children’s Book Day and to celebrate, here is some news of a highly successful library outreach project .
3 Mar 2014
On 3rd March CBN held a workshop with Swedish student in Simon's Town, the workshop was very exciting we were like brothers and sisters, we communicated very well with each other.
2 Mar 2014
On Friday 21 February and Saturday 22 February, CBN held a two-day workshop on family histories, facilitated by Professor John Parkington.
3 Feb 2014
The full report for 2013 is now available as a PDF for anyone who needs all the ins and outs (and the ups and downs!) To read it, please click on:
11 Nov 2013
After the recent two-day workshop in Clanwilliam, so many children asked for more, that CBN has initiated a Stories on Saturdays project.
8 Nov 2013
End of the year exams begin on Monday. Today was the last day suitable to visit the Grade Four class, as promised. At ten o’clock CBN pulled up under a tree. Grade Four were ready. This is a reading...
25 Oct 2013
The first in a series of ten workshops planned for the Cederberg area got off to an amazing start with great support from the community and, most of all, the children!
27 Jun 2013
One year on … A year ago, nobody would have believed how much would happen. But we dreamed and the dreams came true. Here is a short outline of what has been achieved. From June 2012 to June 2013....
20 May 2013
Under towering clouds and a sky of Cederberg blue, members of University of Cape Town Choir and children of Clanwilliam joined hands in story.
20 Mar 2013
Annual Report for 2012 – The short version There is no way to sum up everything we did in a short version. But the 2012 report is almost a book – find it under Resources and enjoy the pictures – it...
20 Nov 2012
On the 16th and 17th of November, 2012 CBN held a workshop with members of the choir of the University of Cape Town and children in Clanwilliam. This led directly to the suggestion that CBN could...
1 Nov 2012
During the first two weeks of October CBN hosted five Swedish visitors, four librarians and a drama teacher, working with them and learning from them in different venues where children’s books are...
20 Aug 2012
During a wet week in late May 2012 and early June, we invited twenty high school children to a writing and story workshop at Red Hill informal settlement near Simon’s Town in the Western Cape....

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