Holiday fun at Motala library

2018-07-17 06:01
Motala Heights library staff members Angela Hounsell and Sue Backe-Hansen.PHOTO: nosipho mkhize

Motala Heights library staff members Angela Hounsell and Sue Backe-Hansen.PHOTO: nosipho mkhize

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THE Motala Heights Library staff invite school pupils to join them in their school holiday programme which started on July 9 and ends on July 13, from 10 am 11 am.

According to Motala Heights Librarian Angela Hounsell, the library has various activities for the children.

“Our activities include making rockets, paper tulips, cherry blossom tree, paper-plate rainbows and a party bag cone.

“I believe that the holiday programme keeps children occupied and off the streets, and it helps them learn through fun activities while having a good time.”

She said the activities are not only fun but they also teach children about how to be creative.

“The holiday programmes teach children how to do simple craft activities that can be used at school for show and tell.

“They also help develop children’s innate creative skills and encourage socialisation. Through these programmes, newcomers are introduced to the library and are encouraged to join the library and enjoy the facilities. I urge children to come and enjoy what the library has to offer, including Wi-Fi, the Internet, games and books, and to join the Bookworm Club.”

She said that as part of the holiday programme, the library has incorporated a Mandela Day initiative hosted by author Philani Dladla under the One City One Book initiative.

Dladla has lent support to the initiative to distribute school bags and scarves, made by the women of the Motala Heights Sewing Club, to the needy. “These donations will be distributed to disadvantaged rural school children. They will be handed over to Deda Primary School in the Ilembe District in Tongaat. This was planned to coincide with Mandela’s Centenary because of his love for children.”

Motala Heights library shares its premises with the park home municipal clinic.

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 10 am from Monday to Friday, and closes at 6 pm on Mondays and at 5 pm from Tuesday to Friday. Saturday hours are 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Library 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 readers. Newspapers are also available for reading at the library.

“A photocopy and fax service is also provided. The Motala Heights Library is used by pupils, tertiary students and adults for borrowing books and audio-visual items, as well as for study purposes.”

For more on the Motala Heights Library, phone 031 700 2741.

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