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2019-03-26 06:01
Anne-Maree van Wyngaardt, principal librarian at Meadowridge Library.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Anne-Maree van Wyngaardt, principal librarian at Meadowridge Library.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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As part of the National Library Week, from Monday 18 March to Saturday 23 March, Meadowridge Library hosted a variety of activities for its guests.

This annual week was held in line with the City of Cape Town’s theme for this year, “Collaborate @ Your Library” with the key objective of encouraging users to return overdue items at no cost.

City’s Mayco member for community services and health Zaid Badroodien urged patrons to join hands with librarians to make access to information a reality by returning those items that are long overdue. “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,” said Badroodien.

Anne-Maree van Wyngaardt, principal librarian at Meadowridge Library, confirmed that patrons were not fined and said the response by the community was positive. “Though we cannot say in numbers, the library has been busy with people returning books and some coming to see our activities.”

Van Wyngaardt said the week allows the library an opportunity to raise awareness about their programmes and offers a platform for local crafters to market their products. In so doing, she said she hopes they will get more people to consider signing up and increasing the numbers of their regulars.

She also said they hope this would help strengthen their relationship with the community they serve. “They will see the numerous services we offer; for instance the free books to borrow, CDs and DVDs, 45-minutes free computer access a day. There is also PressReader which allows them to download magazines. Maybe then they will join the library.”

Van Wyngaardt said the public only needs to bring proof of address, their ID, residence permit or passport and birth certificates of minors.

Their programmes during the week catered for everyone from a pram jam event aimed at toddlers and their moms and nannies, a storytime for children aged three to six, children’s library water saving art, promotion of brownies, display of work by the Clothing Guild, display of work by the Constantia Craft Club, display of work by Lace, display of miniatures by Lorraine, and a competition.

However, the schedules for programmes were affected by load-shedding.

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