New Germany Library promotes readership

2016-03-22 06:00

PUBLIC libraries are service organisations which have their roots firmly in providing an educational, cultural and recreational facility for the people. They play a valuable role in creating a culture of reading and supporting as well as affirming the culture of learning.

New Germany Public Library is centrally situated at 3 Coventry Avenue, 90 Shepstone Road, with the shopping area on one side and the residential area on the other was officially opened in 1952, with the present building being opened on 25 April 1981.

New Germany Library spokesperson Angela Hounsell said: “The library serves the community of New Germany as well as those from bordering areas, and has gained popularity as a place of study for students of all ages with the availability of Internet access and Wi-Fi. New Germany Library is pleased to be affiliated to Province, thereby benefiting from new stock at quarterly exchanges.

“Holiday programs are organised during all school holidays for children to experience crafts and fun activities. These are free and open to all. Various clubs form part of the weekly activities for young members which includes the Bookworm Club, the Recorder Club and the Homework Club. It is hoped to begin a Chess Club as well.”

The library has five staff members which three are full-time and two are part-time. “Our staff has many years of experience and are keen to provide assistance where needed.

“The challenges facing the library are first of all that with the Go! Durban Bus Rapid Transport System in the process of being built, the entrance to the library was affected for some time. The effect of this is still felt. With the rise of technology, the place of the book in society has become more fragile with e-books and the Internet growing in popularity. However, it is gratifying that books are still a sought after commodity. The library aims to satisfy all book requests through inter-branch reservations, and welcomes all suggestions for purchase.”

The New Germany Library invites all members of the community to open a membership card which allows one to borrow a selection of books, magazines, audio CDs and DVDs. “In order to join, one must produce their original barcoded identity document as well as proof of current address. Hours are Monday 10am to 6pm and Tuesday to Friday at 10am to 5pm and Saturday at 8.30am to 12.30pm. Be an active community member and join Friends of New Germany Library to promote the culture of reading and the arts.”

For more information contact the library on 031 311 6474/6.

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