From caravan

2017-05-30 06:00
                                                Photo: nosipho MkhizeMotala heights librarians Amitha Hiralall and Angela Hounsell.

Photo: nosipho MkhizeMotala heights librarians Amitha Hiralall and Angela Hounsell.

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THE Motala Heights Library near Pinetown started in 1981 when it operated from a caravan.
  According to Motala Heights Library spokesperson Angela Hounsell in 1994 the caravan library was replaced by the present brick building which was officially opened in June that year.  “The library’s 20th anniversary was celebrated in June 2014.  The library shares the premises with the park home Municipal Clinic which opens once a week to the public. This area falls under ward 15 which is served by Councillor Ngcobo. 
“The first librarian who opened the library was Ayisha Adams with the part-time library assistant Jenny Govender.  The following year Tracy Ramraj joined the team. Allois Luthuli took over as senior library assistant in 1996. 
“Today the staff has grown and consists of a librarian Angela Hounsell, library assistant Sindi Mjwacu and part-time library assistants Amitha Hiralall and Sue Backe-Hansen.”

“Motala Heights only has one primary school in the vicinity of the library, which caters for Grade R to Grade 7.  The library opens at 10am from Monday to Friday and closes at 6pm on Mondays and at 5pm from Tuesday to Friday.  Saturday hours are 8.30am to 12.30pm.”

She said membership is free to all and the requirements are a green barcoded identity document and proof of address. 
“Membership entitles users to borrow both fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, CDs and DVDs and junior books including picture books, beginner readers, fiction and non-fiction.
“The library has a Zulu collection for both adult and junior.  Newspapers are available for reading at the library.  A photocopy and fax service is also provided.  The Motala Heights Library is used by scholars, tertiary students and adults for borrowing books and audio visual items as well as for study purposes and internet access is available on both public computers and wifi. The library serves as a venue for community groups namely the senior citizens, sewing and yoga groups.”

“The library is very active in the area with regards to outreach activities – annual events include Read Aloud Day, Library Week, Easter Holiday activities for children,  World Book Day, World Play Day, July Holiday activities, Mandela Day, National Women’s Day and October and December Holiday Programme activities.  Other on-going outreach programmes include the Bookworm Club and a Homework Club.”

For more information on Motala Heights Library contact 031 700 2741.









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