Nal’ibali launches mobile library

2019-06-06 06:00
Sikhuseleni Educare Centre learners with Nal’ibali mascot Bella during the launch of the mobile library. PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

Sikhuseleni Educare Centre learners with Nal’ibali mascot Bella during the launch of the mobile library. PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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Nal’ibali launched the first of its four mobile libraries at Site B library in Khayelitsha on Friday 31 May.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) aims to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.

Three more mobile libraries will be launched in selected townships in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.

The mobile libraries will enable the public to find out more about the Story Power in motion mobile libraries as well as collecting the supplements, brochures and mobile library schedules of the NGO. It also aimed at promoting the culture of reading for joy and increase access to children’s book for those living beyond the reach of a library.

Senior librarian at Site B library Vuyokazi Rani-Njambatwa said they have to go out to teach the community about what a library is and that can sometimes be difficult because some areas are not easy to access.

“This mobile library will help us to access a lot of areas we could not before which is very important in spreading the word about reading,” she said. Rani-Njambatwa added that now the community of Khayelitsha will have access to books, the culture of reading will grow.

Sikhuseleni Educare Centre teacher Olga Ndlovu said a lot of Early Childhood Centres (ECDs) in the area do not have books and access to books so the mobile library will help a lot in that regard. She said it is important that stories are told to children while they are still young so they can have an interest in reading when they grow up.

Head of programmes at Nal’ibali Nompumelelo Prusent said reading for enjoyment is a critical part of a child’s school success but families don’t always have access to a wide selection of books or a culture of reading for leisure.

She said the mobile libraries will serve as sign-up points for anyone, young and old who wish to join Nal’ibali’s FUNda leader or volunteer network. They hope to reach at least 4 000 adults and children through events hosted at the mobile libraries and to sign up a further 2 000 members.

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