Learners rate library visit top

2018-03-21 06:00
Learners of the Bankhara Bodulong Primary School outside Kuruman visited the Galeshewe Public Library in Kimberley. Behind the learners are, from the left, teachers Sodi Motlhanke, Tshireleco Thebe (librarian), Ruth Thebeyagae, Tshepo Boutlwanye, Veronica Riet, Mary-Jane Mpatsi, Malebo Moreki and Lorato Pelesi.Photos: Boipelo Mere

Learners of the Bankhara Bodulong Primary School outside Kuruman visited the Galeshewe Public Library in Kimberley. Behind the learners are, from the left, teachers Sodi Motlhanke, Tshireleco Thebe (librarian), Ruth Thebeyagae, Tshepo Boutlwanye, Veronica Riet, Mary-Jane Mpatsi, Malebo Moreki and Lorato Pelesi.Photos: Boipelo Mere

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In a strive to make the use of public libraries popular in their communities, a Kuruman primary school made it a priority to visit a fully equipped library in Kimberley to get the feel of it.

During the visit, the importance of a library was highlighted by librarian Tshireleco Thebe of the Galeshewe Public Library in her presentation.

Her eager audience was the foundation phase learners of the Bankhara Bodulong Primary School outside Kuruman.

Thebe also told the learners how a library can empower the whole community

The learners of Gr. R to Gr. 3 visited the library in Galeshewe as part of their school excursion on Friday, 9 March.

As to why a visit to the library was made priority, the team explained that the capacity of the Bankhara Bodulong Library was not up to standard, and it was demotivating members of the community, including the learners.

According to Veronica Riet, one of the teachers, it was the learners’ choice to see a fully equipped library as part of their visit to Kimberley’s Big Hole, the airport, the station and the flamingos at Kamfers Dam.

“We always encourage learners to make use of the local library by registering to borrow books, thus we saw it as valid to take them to the this library,” said Riet.

Riet also added that they encourage learners to involve the library services into their literacy programmes.

She said the library in their area is too small and incapacitated, while the nearest descent one is in Wrenchville, 20 km from them, and in Kuruman, 12 km away.

During their visit to the Galeshewe Public Library, the learners participated in story telling by one of the librarians, Ntoaki Misikare.

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