Library week comes to Eros school

2016-03-22 06:00
Monica Kewana from Nal’ibali delivers a reading of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of “The ugly duckling” while being accompanied by a sign language interpreter during LIASA’s commemoration of national Library Week at the Eros school for children with cerebral palsy.

Monica Kewana from Nal’ibali delivers a reading of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of “The ugly duckling” while being accompanied by a sign language interpreter during LIASA’s commemoration of national Library Week at the Eros school for children with cerebral palsy.

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The Eros school for children with cerebral palsy celebrated national library week last week.

The week, which ended yesterday, aimed to have children incorporate reading into their daily lives.

The Western Cape branch of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (Liasa) hosted an event in which they showcased the services and support libraries provide to communities.

The school hall was packed for the day’s activities, which included a brief insight into the work Liasa is doing in the province and how pupils can access information.

There was also a storytelling session in which Monica Kewana of Nal’ibali read Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The ugly duckling while accompanied by a sign language interpreter.

“Libraries play a vital role in informing, educating and developing both individuals and communities. By providing access to information, resources and other services, they offer an essential space for exploration of known and imagined worlds from which users can create and re-create their own journeys,” says Theresa de Young, Liasa’s spokesperson.

She says libraries and those who serve in them provide vital support for and access to opportunities for learning for all sectors of society, whether it be through story hours, teen book clubs, research or hospital outreach programmes.

“Each year, we, the community of library and information service providers gather to reflect on the value which libraries bring to our national social life.

“This year we’ve collaborated with the organisations and schools serving people with special needs to produce an entertaining and informative programme,” she says.

She adds that Liasa will take the concerns of community members into consideration to improve its services.

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