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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.


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.