School library turns the page

2015-05-05 06:00

A new world of possibilities and opportunities by reading books and expanding one’s knowledge now awaits the pupils of Heatherdale Primary School in Athlone after the school officially launched its new library last week.

A room filled with more than 3 000 books, neatly shelved, new floors, freshly painted walls, comfortable and colourful bean bags greeted the pupils, teaching staff and guests during the official launch held at the school last week Monday.

The opening coincided with South African Library Week which was celebrated from Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 March.

“This is a profound way to celebrate this week; the Heatherdale school library is a special project as it brings together one of The Bookery’s most important partnerships for the future,” said Cosmas Mabeya, the Bookery’s executive project manager in a statement.

Sean Geldenhuys, assistant librarian at the school, says the teachers and pupils are all very excited about the new library.

He says the generous donation of about R100 000 and support by The Bookery, an NGO that creates and supports school libraries in South Africa, as well as School Aid UK, will create new possibilities for pupils, expand their knowledge and help prepare them for the future.

According to a statement by The Bookery, the organisation was established in 2010 and have created 40 fully functional libraries in the Western Cape alone.

Geldenhuys says the school hopes to add computers, internet connection and an overhead projector to the library programme and activities. He strongly promotes the organisation’s initiative and aim, “bringing the school library to life”, and says a school without a library is like a brain no memory.

“A library is an area or space where you can go and explore by reading, learning and having fun,” says Geldenhuys.

For more information visit the website and the school website at

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