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Workshops

What is a workshop? Our focus is always books, books and more books, but we work towards that end in different ways. Our original concept, which we still maintain, is that children need to see books and stories as fun and worthwhile objectives instead of educational chores. We aim to bring a multi-cultural experience using everything from shadow puppets to iPads. Children come to us in their free time (weekends and holidays). It sould not be a school-type experience, but fun, loads of fun. And, by the way, a love of reading will develop.

What is a toolbox? This is a portable workshop kit that can be used in different ways. It contains carefully chosen books, specially written stories and extracts from longer books all based on a theme. These are backed up by a handbook for the facilitator. Using these, a workshop plan can be worked out for anything between a three-day workshop and ten mini-workshops. An optional extra bag includes games and art materials and books for silent reading.

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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!

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