The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

LostSymbol.Dan Brown
This is the new book by the same author of The Da Vinci Code. I have not read both books, but from the comments and praise of The Lost Symbol, i hope to read it. The Lost Symbol is a thriller novel about Freemason, which is secret and controvesial religion practised in several countries. The setting of this book is at United States Capitol,  with about 16 characters.

The book was planned to be published in 2006, but the faced some delays. However from its release it has been a bestselling in Amazon and there are possibilities that it will be made into movie.

You can download a PDF copy of the book from Marafiki Wa Vitabu or
Click here for official website of The Lost Symbol

Enjoying the reading

Published in: on September 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Power of Reading – Insights from the Research by Krashen Stephen

It is a common to hear that; if you want to hide anything to black person put it in a book. In our particular case you will hear: Tanzanians don’t read books. In both cases there is some truth. But many don’t go further and ask question(s) why we don’t read?

The Power of Reading by Krashen provides informative research findings on literacy crisis, though based in US some findings are universal. During 1970s literacy level in Tanzania was almost 90%, now it is about 60%. It’s not uncommon to find standard seven graduates who can not read and write. In secondary and high level institutions most of the student read for academics as they must read. As the saying goes, you can only learn reading by reading. Krashen is specifically recommending, Free Voluntary Reading (FVR). FVR means reading because you want to.

The following are some of research findings which reflect on cause, effect and posible solution to the problem of reading.

  • Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) means reading because you want to: not because it’s homework, no book report, no questions at the end of chapter. FVR is one of foundation of language education more effective when combined with other techniques. Types of in-school FVR: Sustained Silent Reading (SSR), self-selective reading and extensive reading
  • Direct Instruction (DI) may be used to complement FVR. DI entails consciously skills building and error correction and learning language rules. Depending on environment, capacity of the student and availability of reading materials, optimal combination of DI and FVR will yield better results.
  • Access to quality reading materials is one of solution. Thought it is true that “you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink”. But first and foremost, make sure the water is there. Access should mean good number; quality of books and other reading materials; comfortable, quite and conveniently located.
  • Children from high-income families reads more-because they have what to read. Research shows that, when children are given many optional on reading materials, they will read what is interesting to them. A family with good income is in better position of accessing and buying more reading material.
  • Creation of Print-Rich Environment (PRE) should be the way. Parents, schools, government and all stakeholders in promotion of literacy has obligation of ensuring that PRE is creation from home to public libraries. People should be exposed to environment where they can choose and read what they want not what is available. To me Print-Poor Environment (PPR) has significant contribution to the low level of literacy in Tanzania.
  • Children learn allot from reading to and see other reading. Research shows that when teachers were also reading during sustained silent reading, students read more. Also at home when their parents are reading it motivated them to red more. Secondly, reading to children, for example bedtime stories improve kids language capacities. If you think you kid is to young to read to, some parents start bedtime reading at the age of 6 month.
  • Reading contributes in improving writing and makes us smarter. From reading, sometimes unconsciously and involuntarily people learn vocabularies and writing style. Formal language is often too complex to learn one rule at a time. When people reads they encounter and learn different styles and gain command of language, which gives them advantage in writing. Reading more without writing will not improve writing skills. Another advantage of writing; it makes us think and solve the problem, in other words, can make you smarter.
  • Other reading benefits include; pleasure and cognitive development. Now days, in CVs people write that reading is one of their hobbies. I never stop to wonder how many of them understand the pleasure of reading.
  • Let’s make reading family and community activity. Let’s create Print-Rich Environment for people to access what they like reading. For parents, remember, read stories to your children and when they see you reading it motivate them.
Published in: on September 16, 2009 at 9:11 am  Comments (1)  
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Your Excellency, Honorable, Exhibitors, Invited guests / visitors, participants, and the mass as whole.

On behalf of the book week committee, I would like to inform you that due to unavoidable circumstances of climatological change and economic issues we have postponed the date and venue of the book week exhibition. We apologies for the changes.

The exhibition will held at Ubungo Plaza from 12th October  2009 to 17th October 2009. Setting of books and other products will start from 11.00 pm on 12th October 2009. Book match and opening ceremony will be on 13th October 2009.

The timetable will be send to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for bearing with us.


Hobho’kela Magale
Book week Coordinator 2009
Baraza la Maendeleo ya Vitabu Tanzania (BAMVITA)
P.O.BOX 14213
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel. + 255 22 2182185
Mob: +255 754 283866
Email: bamvitabookweek@ gmail.combamvita@hotmail. com

Published in: on September 7, 2009 at 9:21 am  Comments (3)