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Reading projects and campaigns of the National Book Centre of Greece

Authors and illustrators at schools

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In collaboration with the Hellenic Authors` Society, the Greek Children’s Book Association, Aesopus Children’s & Teenager’s Book Illustration Association and Greek publishers, the National Book Centre invites authors and illustrators to visit school pupils to develop a creative dialogue between them. The Authors visit schoolchildren during their classes. The dialogue that takes place between them becomes a game which opens up new horizons in the relationship between schoolchildren and books and literature. [ ... ]  

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Activities of the National Book Centre of Greece at schools

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The National Book Centre of Greece, EKEBI, works with teachers to make reading into a game that is fun. Schoolchildren exchange their favourite books and present them in class. Seminars for teachers and educationalists are organised in collaboration with the Ministries of Culture and of Education throughout the whole country.
EKEBI helps schoolchildren become familiar with school libraries and learn how to use them. They learn how to discover a hidden world of knowledge through digital files arranged [ ... ]  

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Mobile exhibitions on greek writers

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Board-mounted displays of photographs, manuscripts and information on writers` work and lives, together with EKEBI`s special publications, travel to schools libraries and cultural centres all over Greece, so that schoolchildren have an opportunity to get to know the work of major Greek writers. EKEBI has diverse mobile exhibitions on: Andreas Embirikos, Nikos Kazantzakis, Grigorios Xenopoulos, Kostis Palamas, Alexandros Papadiamantis, Angelos Sikelianos, Nikos Eggonopoulos, Georgios Theotokas and [ ... ]  

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Book games at the book workshop

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How is a book written? How is it made? How is the game played? A series of events organised by EKEBI provide answers to these questions for young readers, inaugurating a new activity aimed at anyone who loves books and wants to learn everything there is to know about them. As part of the scheme groups of pupils visit EKEBI during the school year, get to meet authors, illustrators, facilitators and take part in workshops and book-focused activities.  

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Children`s corner at the Thessaloniki International Book Fair

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As part of its programme to promote reading in Greece and abroad, EKEBI organises the Thessaloniki International Book Fair every May. The purpose of the Fair is to present the wealth of Greek and foreign books produced to professionals, the mass media, schools and the general public. At the fair, EKEBI emphasises the involvement of school pupils and children in general. A Children’s Corner is set up at the Fair offering a series of book-related activities which are aimed at groups of pupils. More than [ ... ]  

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Books and the cinema in Greece

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Filmed versions of literary masterpiece bring cinema fans into contact with books. EKEBI supports, finances and encourages the cross-fertilisation of literature and cinema. It organises seminars on how to adapt works of literature into scripts, screenings of films based on literary works and lectures with professionals from the world of literature and cinema on how to transfer books to the silver screen. EKEBI awards an Adapted Script Prize for the best adaptation of a modern Greek story into a short film [ ... ]  

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International Children`s Book Day in Greece

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The International Children’s Book Day is celebrated each year on 2 April, the birthday of the great storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen. EKEBI organises events for young booklovers on that day. Children have the chance to learn more about books, to meet writers and illustrators, to attend theatrical and musical events, and to take part in educational games and art workshops. 

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International Poetry Day in Greece

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Since 2001 EKEBI has been a participant in events celebrating World Poetry Day in Greece to encourage a dialogue between cultures via poetry and to disseminate poetry to the general public. In 1998 the Society of Writers introduced Poetry Day and chose 21 March, the spring equinox, as the date for the event. In 2001, on a recommendation from the president of the Society of Writers, Ambassador Vasilis Vassilikos, UNESCO adopted World Poetry Day and assigned Greece the task of organising the first [ ... ]  

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Reading clubs in Greece

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A reading club is a group of people who have agreed to meet at regular intervals (usually once a month) to discuss books which they have all decided to read. In effect, a reading club is a group of people who get together to read and discuss books, accepting a simple schedule for its operations. It is an extremely simple, and increasing popular way to cultivate a creative relationship with reading, and a pleasant and constructive means of spending one`s free time. 

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Readers’ Prize in Greece

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Readers have their say for the fourth year in a row as they are given the chance to vote for their favourite Greek novel. The 2008 Readers’ Prize was awarded for the first time in cooperation with the 150 Reading Clubs nationwide. These clubs prepare the shortlist (taking book titles from the list of BIBLIONET) and then club members and the general public vote for the novel of the year by SMS. 

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