Community opens own library

2015-05-21 06:00
andlt;The Blue Horizon Bay Book Worm library was officially opened last week. Here are Jenny Bell (left) who initiated the project together with Roné Loubser, dance instructor and resident at the library. 

andlt;The Blue Horizon Bay Book Worm library was officially opened last week. Here are Jenny Bell (left) who initiated the project together with Roné Loubser, dance instructor and resident at the library. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Self driven communities tend to initiate spontaneously interaction to the benefit of its inhabitants.

This is the case with the residents of the quiet sea village of Blue Horizon Bay, who last week officially opened their own library called Blue Horizon Bay Book Worms.

“Petrol has become so expensive and everybody here is getting older. To get to the city is not easy and I had the idea to start a library service for our community,” said Jenny Bell, a self confessed bookaholic.

Born and bred in England, Jenny immigrated to South Africa, lived in Johannesburg and in later years the retired Bell couple relocated to Blue Horizon Bay.

“I am passionate about books and this library for our community.”

The library started with 100 books which were displayed on a table. Gradually more books were received and currently there are 750.

“We spoke to a couple of the husbands and said luister skattebols we need shelves. And they did their share. So much so that we can now accommodate up to 1 000 books.”

The library is situated at the local community hall and the official opening was an impromptu event with free wine and snacks, and one goal at heart “to get the word out!”

The library will be open once a month, every second Thursday from 18:00 onwards.

“It is operated on the simplest system in the world. I am a champion of simplicity. You take a book, write your name, the book’s reference number, your contact number date out and off you go. Free of charge, and for the love of reading.”

Jenny keeps an eye on the register book and kindly reminds readers to return books when they are overdue. On the shelves there are books ranging from novels and biographies to reference works.

A group of six people are involved with the library, but Jenny took it upon herself to label and mark each of the books in her own handwriting.

“Its was a labour of love. It’s wonderful and I simply just love it being involved in this project,” said Jenny.

More than 250 permanent residents live in the little seaside village with more than 400 houses

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