Market day boosts library coffers

2018-12-04 06:01
Organisers and visitors at the market day held at the Maitland Town Hall share a light-hearted moment at one of the stalls.PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

Organisers and visitors at the market day held at the Maitland Town Hall share a light-hearted moment at one of the stalls.PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

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The annual market day to raise funds for the benefit of learners who use the Maitland Library received strong support from local businesses on Saturday.

“This is one of the best turnouts in a few years,” said Hawa Williams, senior
librarian.

Organised by Friends of the Library, the event saw local business owners selling their items at stalls, in a win-win arrangement for all, at the local town hall.

A variety of items including clothing, food and jewellery were sold at the stalls. There were also fun games for children.

Williams explains that to book a table to sell their items, a business owner parted with R50.

“The R50 is a contribution that goes to the library and the business owner gets to keep the rest because these are small businesses.”

Williams says the funds will go towards holiday programmes and outreach events run by the library.

She adds that every May the library services Koeberg and Garden Village primary schools, providing Grade 7 learners with stationery and scientific calculators as well as games like Monopoly.

She says to avoid overburdening the City of Cape Town, which provides the premises, library materials (books and computers) and other services to the community, they decided to be proactive.

Williams says with the library programmes, the objective is also to keep children off the streets and get them involved in positive things.

Zelda Petersen, assistant librarian, said the event is important for their work with children which includes helping them read.

“The event is excellent, the turnout is great,” Petersen enthused.

Meanwhile, the stallholders were also excited to receive support from members of the public.

A Pinelands couple – Laeticia Koen and Graeme Emslie’s – stall selling succulent plants drew a lot of attention from visitors.

Koen said it is important to support the library, and children could learn more about her plants.

Nicole Breda, a popcorn stallholder, said she came to support the event and also used it to promote her popcorn business ahead of the festive season.

Maitland arts and craft seller, Zulfa Cupido, said: “In any way we can help we will help.”

Williams thanked all those involved in planning and contributing to the event, including donors and the Maitland
community.

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