Sbondonics Book Club is 25 Years Old

14 Oct 2008

Sbondonics, the Welsh-language book club, is celebrating its 25th birthday this year with a special party in the company of well-known stars from S4C's television series Rownd a Rownd.

Sbondonics Book Club is 25 Years Old

The book club was established by the Welsh Books Council in 1983 to ensure that primary school children could see and buy the wide selection of Welsh-language books on the market.

Sbondonics was established twenty-five years ago and now there is Sbri-di-ri Meithrin for nursery school children, Sbri-di-ri Cynradd for children 4–7 years old and Sbondonics for the 9–11 age group.

As part of the celebrations, a number of competitions were organised. Heledd Non Evans from Ysgol Bontnewydd, Gwynedd, won the top award – a collection of games for herself and the celebration party for her school. The party will be held at the school on Friday, 17 October. Also attending will be Robert John, the magician, and various actors from Rownd a Rownd.

Mari Løvgreen, the well-known television children's presenter said: 'I remember being a keen member of the Club when I was a primary school pupil.'

Other winners of the Sbondonics celebratory competitions were Siôn Davies from Llandybïe school, Carmarthenshire, who won a rugby ball signed by the Scarlets team and a training session for the school by the team. Elsie Norgate from Pontsenni school, Powys, won a set of books signed by Welsh authors and a cultural weekend for her class with the Welsh-language Children's Poet Laureate (Bardd Plant Cymru) and other authors at the Urdd Centre, Llangrannog. Also, Fflur Parry from Ysgol Crud-y-Werin, Aberdaron, won a DVD player, DVDs and an author session for the school.

Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones, said: 'The legacy of our great forward-thinkers such as William Morgan and O. M. Edwards has culminated in a rich and diverse Welsh-language publishing industry in Wales. We are blessed to have a wealth of enriching learning environments for our children, and I am delighted that Sbondonics is celebrating 25 years of such good work. It is vital that we give our children the opportunity to read and enjoy Welsh, at all levels. Reading clubs such as Sbri-di-ri and Sbondonics allow parents and children to experience a wealth of reading material in Welsh, which can develop vocabulary, promote literacy and improve cultural understanding.'

Menna Lloyd Williams, Head of Children's Books Department, Welsh Books Council said: 'The book club has been a successful way for children from all parts of Wales to get to know about the fantastic books that are available. A total of 302,315 children have bought books from the club since it was established in 1983, and the sales total has reached over £1.6 million. We are now looking forward to promoting the club in the future and hopefully further celebrations in twenty five years' time!'

Sbondonics Book Club is 25 Years Old

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