Roald Dahl Week (13th September)
Roald Dhal, the popular British Children’s writer has written many popular titles such as Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Twits, BFG and Witches. Many children’s libraries around the world celebrated his 100th birthday in 2016 as a major literary festival not only because of the popularity of his books, but also for the literary value they hold to inspire young readers even today. Roald Dahl week is a key celebration in the OSC library’s calendar. Week long activities include creative visual displays, reading Roald Dahl stories and rhymes, and Book Talks.
“Banned Books” Week (24-30 September)
OSC’s primary and secondary libraries join the global celebration of banned books in October. The libraries create interactive displays of books banned all over the world with presentations aiming to generating discussions about censorship and the freedom to read.
Displays usually generate questions such as Why was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Lorax were once banned in certain communities! Why is Captain Underpants series banned.
These questions also gives the students the opportunity to discuss about perspective, choice and the freedom to read.
According to the American Library Association “when a book is challenged it means that there is an attempt to remove or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.”
Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015
Book Week (November)
Book Week is celebrated alongside the International Picture Book Month which falls in November which is an international literacy initiative to celebrate print picture books. With a diverse international community at OSC, it is a timely celebration to recognize great stories written from around the world. Joining us to celebrate the diversity and the cultures of the world through liteerature are our parent community who reads stories from their country to all the classes in Primary School. During Book Week we also invite other local authors and story tellers to share their passions in stories
Holiday Reading Bingo (December)
In preparing for the holiday season in December, a Reading Bingo chart is shared with students from Gr. 3 -5 to motivate them to continue their reading throughout the holiday season. The Bingo chart enables them to track their regular reading one week before the holiday season commences and continues till the end of January. When the students are back in school in the weeks of January, they also have the opportunity to share their reading and recommend books to pears.
Reading Bingo Chart please click here.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Books (14th February 2017)
Week of reading promotion happens in February with Blind Date with a Book for Grades 3 – 5 and a Valentine’s Bingo with simple genres for KG – Gr. 2.
International Mother Language Day – (February)
21st February is declared as the International Mother Language Day by UNESCO and it is a worldwide annual observance to promote awareness of the importance of recognizing cultural diversity and multilingualism. Taking the cue from UNESCO’s declaration, OSC celebrates this date to recognize the cultural diversity of its community by organizing the day as an opportunity to promote reading in the student’s mother tongue. For this the students from Preschool – Grade 5 are divided into their language groups and parent volunteers come forward to read to them in their mother tongue.
Dr. Seuss Birthday (2nd March)
Creative displays and reading happens with classes across Primary School to celebrate Dr. Seuss.
Poetry Week (21st March)
UNESCO declared 21st March as the World Poetry Day. OSC takes the opportunity to promote poetry reading through creative displays and reading poetry to classes.