‘Reading opens a whole new world’

2017-07-18 06:02
Mayco member Anda Ntsodo at Kuyasa Library encouraging learners to take reading seriously.

Mayco member Anda Ntsodo at Kuyasa Library encouraging learners to take reading seriously.

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Young people from Claremont were encouraged to read and learn at an event at Kuyasa Library last Friday.

According to the children’s section librarian, Thumeka Nyusela, more than 70 children visit the library every day and the motivation by Mayco member (East) Anda Ntsodo on Friday would inspire many to take advantage of the library and empower ­themselves.

She says people appreciated the visit and the library’s holiday programme is now likely to become a success as children take the chance to explore what is offered and have the opportunity to enjoy time at the ­library.

“Many children do have time to come during school days and they do not know what we offer here, but since the visit more children are coming in and are excited to learn more.

“The librarians also felt honoured by Ntsodo’s visit. It was informative for ­everyone.”

Ntsodo told the crowd gathered at the library that reading was important and could be used to change the world. He said it was never too early or too late to start reading and parents should start encouraging children to take reading seriously.

“The City of Cape Town’s 104 libraries are so much more than just facilities where books and audiovisual material can be accessed. Parents are encouraged to enrol their children at their nearest library as soon as they are born.

“Reading opens up a whole new world. You can improve skills and hone talents, and at the same time you gain knowledge about subjects that may have seemed foreign before,” said Ntsodo.

He said the programmes offered at Kuyasa were fun, and while they were meant to keep the youth busy with positive activities, they also had learning at heart.

Ntsodo was accompanied by the junior city council’s deputy mayor, Azola Ndongeni, and the junior subcouncil 5 chairperson, Lazola Nomkala, who were impressed by the library and enjoyed their visit.

Ndongeni said it was good to see so many young people use the library.

The library is one of the City’s flagship facilities meant for community empowerment. It reportedly presents poetry and storytelling sessions, and offers outreach programmes to young people and the elderly.

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