A myriad innovative and enticing programmes exist to position libraries as the focal point of knowledge generation, gathering places for likeminded people and research facilities for communities.
Mrs Sithenjisiwe Nyangiwe, member of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (Liasa) in the Eastern Cape, made this poignant statement at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality National Library Week programme today.
The packed programme, focused on intellectually stimulating learners and generally be a safe haven for youngsters during the school holiday, starts on Monday, 18 March and ends on Friday, 22 March.
Motivational talks, story time, book discussions, spelling bees and interactive activities by library staff are just some of the goings-on children can participate in at any one of the twenty-four (24) operational local libraries. In total the municipality has 26 libraries.
While contextualising the national theme of Collaborate @ Your Library Nyaningwe said libraries are meant to be an integral part of communities.
“When you need to do research for a job opportunity or are interested in interesting stories to read, your closest library should be that source of knowledge or just a great place to gather,” she added.
On Monday, 18 March Uitenhage Library host story time and make an enormous crocodile toy (Roald Dahl) from 10 am, Walmer Gqebera Library has story time and how to make a beaded toilet roll bracelet at the same time. At the Zwide Library at 10am children can participate in story time and learn how to make Easter baskets also at 10am.
Mrs Bongiwe Chigumbu, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Head of Libraries, encouraged students from Walmer, present at the launch held at the Walmer Multipurpose Centre, to make optimal use of the Walmer Gqebera Library.
Learners from both Walmer High School and Primary performed musical items.
Consult your nearest library for more specific details.