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Books to motivate mind, body and spirit

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Fatiha and her sister looking at books at Chez Alpha.
Fatiha and her sister looking at books at Chez Alpha. Emmanuelle Landais

The Senegalese capital Dakar, which is predominantly French-speaking, boasts just a single dedicated English-language bookshop and library which started out, like many other good ideas, in a garage attached to a family house.Today Angela Franklin from the US, stocks more than 3,000 books in her cosy library. She also hosts a summer reading camp for children to enable them to practice their English, develop their confidence and literacy.Reading, she says, is that “non-battery-operated activity” that motivates the mind, body and spirit.The summer reading program is a great experience for readers of all ages, as Emmanuelle Landais discovered when she went along.Click the 'play' button above to listen to the audio report, or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'RFI international report.

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