Pupils to get study help, space at library

2015-05-05 07:15
The ball is rolling on plans to develop a hall at Ocean View library. 


The ball is rolling on plans to develop a hall at Ocean View library. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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Safe, quiet and nurturing.

This is the vision for a new library hall in Ocean View.

Plans to expand the existing library and create a space in which to run a literacy programme and host homework facilities and other recreational activities were discussed at a recent South Peninsula subcouncil meeting.

Librarian Carmen Fowkes explained plans for the library included the ability to assist pupils after school. According to subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase the new hall would be part of the mayor’s urban regeneration programme.

She explained the new hall would likely be on the left side of the library.

“We will need to create a link between the library and hall. The concept is to have a bench in the front and a small kitchen where they can serve coffee and tea from,” she said.

Purchase further explained there would need to be a small storeroom for chairs and tables and users would make use of the ablution facilities in the library.

Councillors support the new development and believe it will create a much-needed facility for pupils.

“We need a safe, quiet and nurturing place where pupils can go after school and focus on their studies in a semi-supervised environment. We also want to show our support for those who are serious about their education,” Purchase said.

Speaking during the meeting, Fowkes said the new hall would hopefully have additional computers to aide research and computer literacy. She also hoped to host a literacy programme in the mountainside community.

Purchase said the Ocean View library was very well run and she was excited about the plans for the new hall.

However, she explained that obtaining the funding and construction may take a while. “The funding application will take time and it will only take place in the 2015/2016 financial year. We also have to take the tender process into consideration. It will take time but we have made a start,” she concluded

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