TBC Inspires Book Lovers at the Book Fair
The 19th Nairobi International Book Fair (NIBF) was a successful event that lasted for five days. The event that was organized by Kenya Publishers Association (KPA)convened book exhibitors, publishers, students, stakeholders, writers and book lovers.
Each group voiced the theme of the book fair ‘inspired to read’ and Text Book Centre was at the forefront of all this. It began with big bargains on kids’ books and extended to discount vouchers that made it easy and convenient for visitors and customers to purchase stationery and books from any of our stores.
And when the event was officially opened, children flocked in guided by their instructors and teachers. They settled in different stands, perused through different books that were laid for display, picked what they needed, paid from their pockets and demanded for receipts to show their parents their investments for the day.
Some asked to be guided on what to buy and others like Nicole of Makini knew what they wanted straightforward. Do you have ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid?’ ‘Give me ‘Pink Fancy’ another kid from Riara Group of schools said.
When TBC asked Nicole what inspires her to read, she sent us with two words ‘’beautiful stories’’. We also got a chance to speak to Cedric from Kimathi Primary School who was singled out by his teacher as a recent to performer in English. He told TBC Newsletter that the joy of learning inspires him to read.
His teacher Elizabeth Ogwade said that NIBF is important because it arouses a reading interest among his students and shifts their mindsets on books. “I brought them here to have an idea of what Book Fair is,” she concluded.
Amidst all this, KPA Chair David Waweru said ”It is retrogressive to tax knowledge” when he was talking about the issue of taxing books, an aspect that was introduced by the government in 2013.
“KPA’s dream for this exhibition is to ensure that no Kenyan child is left behind and that reading should make them dream beyond their circumstances,” he added.
All in all, NIBF Book Fair was a celebration that lit up the imaginations of book lovers.