Library extends its services

2018-09-25 06:01
Lotus River Library visited Lotus River Primary School to conduct a reading programme.

Lotus River Library visited Lotus River Primary School to conduct a reading programme.

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Lotus River Library continues to bring services to the community. Not only did they present a full programme for National Book Week recently, they also have plans to expand their already popular book club at more primary schools in the area.

Fenancia Magazi, assistant librarian at Lotus River Library, says that a variety of schools visited the library a few weeks ago during National Book Week, which doubles up as National Library Week.

“Zeekoevlei Primary visited the library, as well as Buck Road Primary School’s foundation phase came out to do a programme at the library. We went out to Lotus River Primary where we did an orientation there, getting new members to join the library. We were just giving them some information, because sometimes people don’t know the requirements to join the library. Some think they must pay or things like that and we just went to give them that information,” says Magazi.

Magazi adds that they also went out to visit various schools, such as Die Duine Primary and Lotus River Primary School.

“We also went to Die Duine Primary, which we visit a lot these days, because of the book club we started there. We had a programme there with them as well. The kids are always eager to come through. At Lotus River Primary we also brought the message across of fine-free week which is also part of National Book Week. Some people don’t even know about fine-free week and that is where we told them that they can bring the books which are long overdue and that now is the time to have those fines written off. They were very excited to have us at the schools,” adds Magazi.

She says that after National Library Week, many of the children and adults alike came back to the library with positive feedback and to return overdue books.

“The schools enjoy coming here and the children enjoy making use of the library and that is how we get them to come to the library. In that way we also take the library to them as well. We started the book club with Buck Road last year; we’re doing it with Die Duine this year and we are going to take it to more schools next year,” says Magazi.

Ward councillor Patricia van der Ross says that the continual spending on library services in the area is part of the commitment of her ward allocation for the next few years.

“I know that for this financial year we have given a substantial amount of money for technology, books and other stuff for the library. They are busy upgrading the library to make it more convenient for the kids to come around,” says Van der Ross.

The initiatives and programmes in the ward were carefully developed after close consultation between Van der Ross and the libraries in her ward.

“It is also a nice way to interact. It is an opportunity for teachers to get to interact with librarians and librarians get to tell the teachers as to how do you actually sit down and make the children understand the book. Sometimes, as teachers, we think that they must just read languages, so the librarians get to sit with the teachers one-on-one to maybe suggest another method for the same story which might work. It is one of the routes we took and it works,” Van der Ross says.

The bulk of the ward allocation for the next financial year set aside for libraries was given to facilitate National Book Week, which Van der Ross says is in the region of R60 000 to R80 000.

“What we have done was that we have the technology. Also, we are looking at types of cosy corners where the Grade 7s for example will have a task and they go to a corner and a librarian will assist them in that corner and it does not interfere with everyone else. Hopefully it will be done in the next couple of months,” she says.

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