Korsten Library celebrates 50th anniversary

2017-11-29 06:01
= Korsten Library staff are excited about the 50-year milestone. At the far back is Doray van Wyk and in the middle are Denver Leo, Noxolo Mene and Mimmie Ntshata. In front are Sebenzile Zalabe, Nomfuzo Daniso, Waadia Sharmar and Mziwoxolo Simakuhle.

= Korsten Library staff are excited about the 50-year milestone. At the far back is Doray van Wyk and in the middle are Denver Leo, Noxolo Mene and Mimmie Ntshata. In front are Sebenzile Zalabe, Nomfuzo Daniso, Waadia Sharmar and Mziwoxolo Simakuhle.

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FOR 50 years, the Korsten Library has been a beacon of hope and information - a place where the young can find assistance with school assignments, the old can catch up with current affairs through newspapers, and everyone can escape to the world of fiction.

The Korsten Library celebrated its 50th anniversary last Tuesday, November 21. The library was officially launched on that date in 1967 and nearly 4 400 people flocked to the library in the first three weeks.

According to the library’s records, by December 31 that year, a total of 545 children and 848 adults had become members. In the first nine days, an average of 514 books were issued a day.

Mariam Jordaan, chairperson: Friends of Korsten Library, said this was the first library in the Northern suburbs and it was a proud moment for the residents.

She also worked at the library for a period.

“The librarian in charge at the time was mister LJH Allen who started off with a staff complement of four. The people from Korsten and surrounding areas were very excited about having their very own library in their midst.

“Years later the libraries in West End, Gelvandale and Booysen Park were built, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy the services of a library,” Jordaan said.

She further added that initially the shelves of the Korsten Library were filled with only 20 000 books, which included fiction and reference books.

“The library had a separate section for children with small tables and chairs and the adult section had a number of built-in alcoves for reading.

“The division between the adult and children’s section were later removed and the space was turned into one big library.”

Some of the significant changes over the years include the computerised system for borrowing books which replaced the card catalogue system and a cyber centre which was opened in March 2005.

Today the library currently has a staff of nine, which is headed by senior librarian Mimmi Ntshata.

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