JAVEA celebrated World Book Day with a number of activities to mark the occasion.
Children’s workshops were installed in the Mercat de Municipal and the town’s public library along with an international selection of books available for both children and adults in several languages.
The event drew a number of avid bookworms to browse the books on display and chat with other readers as well as learn about facilities at Javea’s library.
Councillor for Education and Culture Empar Bolufer said: “The aim was to make books available to as many people as possible.”
In addition an exhibition of children’s illustrations of Andersen’s fairy tales is on the ground floor of the library and will remain open for two weeks. Andersen, Denmark’s iconic children’s storyteller, wrote The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling and The Tinder Box among other favourites.
Completing the programme of activities was a recital of Haiku poems, a style of Japanese poetry, followed by presentation of a book about Haiku by Juan Antonio González.
Javea Library, currently with 6,300 members, offers a range of services such as book lending, audiobooks, music, comics and videos. There is also free internet access.
The international section is coordinated by volunteers with a children’s reading club featuring weekly storytelling sessions and activities, in coordination with local schools.