‘No fines’ part of Library Week

2019-03-26 06:00
Kids visiting the Colin Eglin Sea Point Library were treated with Henna Tattoos as part of the activities on South African Library Week.PHOTOS: THABANG KUAHO

Kids visiting the Colin Eglin Sea Point Library were treated with Henna Tattoos as part of the activities on South African Library Week.PHOTOS: THABANG KUAHO

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With South African Library Week having been commemorated from Monday 18 March to Saturday 23 March, the City of Cape Town urged library users to bring back unreturned library items to ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits thereof.

Last year, the City had lost a total of 20 193 items valued at over R1m.

The City hoped to recover these items during the previous fine-free week where patrons were not charged anything for returning overdue items.

Under the theme ‘Collaborate @ Your Library, Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien urged patrons to join hands with librarians to make access to information a reality by returning the overdue items.

“We asked no questions and waived any fines that were accrued on these items. We needed them back on our shelves for others to enjoy too,” Badroodien said.

A senior librarian at the Collin Eglin Sea Point Library said that libraries served as a safe space for people who wanted a quiet place to read or study.

“The library serves as a safe place where people can come for peace of mind. It is free and everyone can enjoy the benefits thereof,” she said.

She said that the library shone the light on all their partners who have contributed to the success of the library.“We have many partners who run various programmes in the library for kids and adults. We thought that we would celebrate them during this period and show them how much they are appreciated.”

Children at the library were treated to a number of special projects like storytelling, face painting and Henna tattooing.

With the Bill of Rights recognising freedom of access to information as a basic human right, Badroodien said it was concerning that study guides were some of the top four items not returned.“By not returning items, someone else is being deprived of the right to access those materials and, in this case, are denied an educational resource.”

Various special programmes like a road march promoting library services, storytelling, arts and crafts, membership drives and poetry are held annually during Library Week.

“The City’s libraries have become more than just buildings where we store books. They are places of knowledge and information, spaces for social interaction and relaxation. Libraries are communal spaces where residents can meet, learn and interact.”

Badroodien said the City’s dedicated librarians were proud to take part in Library Week activities which celebrate and promote the use of such spaces.


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