When al-Qaida invaded the historic city of Timbuktu, Malian librarian Abdel Kader Haidara worked under the cover of night to save thousands of ancient manuscripts - documenting African knowledge in astronomy, poetry, religion and science - from the extremists.
With the simple goal of giving underprivileged kids access to books, Read to Rise is also giving them the chance to use their imagination and see new worlds.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions hosted its World Library and Information Conference in Cape Town in August. It enabled librarians from across the world to experience local hospitality, and allowed for energetic discussion on the role of a library in this modern era.
At the World Book Day Read a Book SA event at Wits University, local high-flyers shared their stories on how books built their imaginations, and why reading can help the nation fulfil its potential.
To foster a lifelong love for reading among the world's children, Biblionef donates books to schools, libraries and early childhood development centres. The project has reached some 3 million children, introducing them to a world of new stories and ideas.