City librarians read up a storm

2017-05-04 06:00
The group of librarioans from across the city who took part in the contest

The group of librarioans from across the city who took part in the contest

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The City of Cape Town’s librarians walked the talk when they took part in the annual Amaboekies Reading Team of the Year competition held in Bellville.

The competition encourages librarians to read 25 books which they are then quizzed about.

This year the winning bookworms were the team from Area A, which includes the Central, Hout Bay, Mamre, Fisantekraal and Camps Bay libraries.

City of Cape Town librarians from across the metropole went head to head in the annual Amaboekies reading competition, representing their respective areas in a quiz about the books they have read.

The event has become a highlight on the annual library calendar and tests the librarians’ reading prowess and memory skills.

This year Amaboekies formed part of the celebrations for World Book Day on Sunday 23 April 2017.

‘A librarian’s job is about so much more than just helping to locate a book on a shelf.

They also help to create and develop readers by encouraging a love for the written word.

They support struggling readers and initiate programmes to market our library services.

Patrons expect librarians to have a vast knowledge about the different genres, authors and even the content of books.

In short, our librarians rock at reading and books,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

Amaboekies was held at the Bellville South Civic Centre and this year the programme included experienced spoken word artists from Khayelitsha.

The was also an interview with a local debut novelist, Qarnita Loxton, whose book ‘Finding Kari’ will be released this month(May) 2017.

Another feature on the programme was the youth marimba band, iThemba Labantu, comprised of a group of talented teenagers from Philippi.

This year the team from Area A, which includes the Central, Hout Bay, Mamre, Fisantekraal and Camps Bay libraries, walked away as the winning team, while the team from Area B (Masakhane, Kuyasa, Macassar and Harare libraries) lost out by a page or two.

‘This event aims to encourage our librarians to continue being reading champions and cements their role as ambassadors of the written word,’ said Alderman Smith.

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