Saturday was eye-opening for children of Egoli informal settlement in Philippi as they enjoyed reading and a range of arts activities prepared by volunteers of the Pop-Up Library Cape Town (“Bring kids to pop-up library”, People’s Post, 22 August). The reading initiative, which aims to bring the world of reading to underprivileged communities, took place in a local church provided by the community, says project founder Aishah Cassiem. “We are grateful for the people of Egoli for allowing us to bring this beneficial project to their community. These kids lack reading material and the beauty of reading itself. The excitement on their faces during the entire programme was memorable,” she says. “We allowed kids as young as three years old to join the exciting world of reading. It is good to have a child exposed to reading at a young age, for this surely benefits them in the near future.”A record is kept of the children who attend and their improvement is measured during each session, adds Cassiem. Insaaf Davids, a project volunteer from Pelican Park, says the library project inspires her to work harder to help the poor. “The kids enjoyed every moment of the session and loved the presence of all the volunteers. It is amazing to see the number of children eager and excited to enter a whole new world of reading,” she says. “I love working with children.“This project is amazing and I hope communities make use of its benefits. Send your children to attend when you see our team in your area. We have lots prepared and offer a range of educational activities from our portable library.”- For more information call Aishah Cassiem on 073 408 1701 or follow the Pop-Up Library Cape Town on Facebook.