Fine-free campaign in library week

2012-03-20 17:03

Johannesburg - People with long overdue library books will not be fined if they return them during South African library week, the City of Johannesburg said on Tuesday.

"Library users are urged to return long overdue books to their nearest library without paying fines," said library and information services director Nobuntu Mpendulo.

In a statement, she said the "Fine Free" campaign would run from March 17 to 31.

"Please note that upon return of your long overdue books your membership could be reinstated per request," she said.

South African library week, themed "develop at your library", is aimed at encouraging communities to read and use their libraries.

Libraries should be able to draw people who cannot read and write and make them realise the importance of reading, said library and information services spokesman Gugu Mathibela.

"A major focus is contributing to skills development and access to information at libraries through science and technology."

He said there were various and interesting activities planned for the week across all of Johannesburg's libraries.

These included homework assistance, story telling, puppet and information literacy, career expo and guidance, reading and writing skills for adult learners, and a poetry competition.