Thieves turn page on Library Week

2018-03-27 06:00

Library Week was commemorated last week, but Heideveld Library was unable to present their full programme due to a burglary which took place the preceding weekend­.

Librarian Ntombekhaya Njwabule is saddened by the occurrence, but says it did not stop them from performing their duties and carrying out various programmes for Library Week.

“On Monday we had a coffee and tea morning with our elderly patrons. We offered them coffee and muffins for the day.

“We had a joint storytelling sitting with the schools around us on Tuesday. We had the Islamic School and the Little Steps School from the other side of Heideveld. Before we arranged the entire programme, we arranged a movie day with them, but we couldn’t do it because of the break-in we had at the library where the TVs were stolen,” says Njwabule.

The community youth group Teen Zone conducted their weekly activities at the library, but were in for a surprise as Njwabule says they were given a small token to remember the week.

“We had a few gifts to give them to commemorate Library Week.

Ward councillor Anthony Moses adds that the City’s Law Enforcement Department conducted an educational workshop with the children of Dagbreek Primary School on Tuesday to teach them about the work they do in enforcing maritime laws.

“It means that the enforcement services of the City are a subsidiary enforcement service that adds value to other more national services in place – in order to make our learners aware at primary school level how the water enforcement services interact with each other,” says Moses.

He adds that the City conducted additional workshops at the library.

Moses says he raised the safety concerns at the library during a subcouncil 11 sitting in Gugulethu last week.

“We need to value the assets we have in place. The insurance company is going to deal with the matter and then we are going to see which other measures we are going to put in place. The security of the library is a huge threat,” says Moses.

Njwabule says this is the first time criminals have actually gained access to the interior of the building.

“We are so sad about the break-in, because it was the first time that they came into the library itself. They normally break things outside, like the time they took the air conditioning units. We are going on and that won’t stop us from doing our work. We will keep on doing our work, but we are hoping that it will never happen again. We hope the community will help us to look after the library – to see who comes around, especially over the weekend when there aren’t any people inside the library.”

Meanwhile, Moses says that in addition to beefing up security at the library, he hopes to expand the library.

“We are looking at how we see the expansion of the library, seeing that we have a much bigger community now with the new developments taking place in the area. What I have requested is for them to reserve the adjacent land next to the library which is on the corner of Heideveld and Ascension roads.”

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