Library upgrade to change lives

2017-06-20 06:00
Heideveld Library’s enclosed study cubicle PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Heideveld Library’s enclosed study cubicle PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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“When you enter this room, your life will change for the better.”

Those are the words embossed on a laminated notice pasted on the door of Heideveld library’s enclosed study cubicle.

The room was completed recently in an effort to provide a safe, quiet and focused space for school learners and university students alike. This formed part of the ongoing upgrade to the library, which will continue in the next financial year.

Ward councillor Anthony Moses says that 80% of the ward allocation for the current financial year has been spent in the renovation of Heideveld library and that there was R15 000 left that has been allocated to the air conditioning of the building, which is being installed and properly secured.

“We look at the expenditure in terms of the legacy programmes and also how communities have commented in relation to the public process. We then look at those comments that came in and how you allocate funding. With the library especially, we have come with that project over a period of time and you develop it. The only thing that we need to do now in the library is, that we have started with the ECD corner,” says Moses.

The ECD corner is basically a resource centre where ECD practitioners can come and get the necessary resources in terms of curriculum development, child protection and all ECD related information that is intended to help deal with children from a foundational phase.

“It is to get the literature and resources and as we go along we will build that ECD corner within our library. It is a significant thing, because previously we never looked at that, but if you look at the current amount of ECDs, where do they go for resources? We are making it possible where ECD practitioners can come and use those resources,” adds Moses.

The current phase of the project is almost completed, but certain some infrastructure also needs to be implemented.

“Proper floodlighting around the library is needed just to make the place more secure, like we’ve done with the community centre as well as next door (to the library) with the housing office. We are looking at the lights of the library and then we need to look at how do we improve the soft skills and improve reading, improve the interaction with the library users in terms of what other type of soft skill programmes we can do. That is as far as the library is concerned.”

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