Promoting reading through writing

PHOTO: nosipho mKhizeNew Germany Library staff members Thandeka Mbatha, Zodwa Dladla, Nokuthula Majola, Nondumiso Mchunu and Nomhle Tabata.
PHOTO: nosipho mKhizeNew Germany Library staff members Thandeka Mbatha, Zodwa Dladla, Nokuthula Majola, Nondumiso Mchunu and Nomhle Tabata.

DISTRICT Nine Libraries held a book launch involving three authors at the New Germany Library recently.

New Germany librarian Thandeka Mbatha said the library hosted a three-in-one book launch to promote reading and writing to the community at large.

She said: “We highlighted that it is the libraries and heritage departments co-function to promote local authors and buy their books.

“At the same time, we were promoting reading because you cannot write if you cannot read. All three authors were from around KZN, namely Samkelo Dlamini who wrote a book titled Like Nothing Else Exists, Rev Sithembiso Hlophe who wrote a book titled Be Inspired as well as Anjaana Juggan who wrote a book titled Cath Lab: Made Easy.”

District manager Rajen Govender reminded the audience that the eThekwini Municipality is the city of literature in Africa and that is why the city recently won a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) City award. Ward 21 Councillor Mfana Qwabe also attended the launch and reminded the community to stay away from drugs and bad habits, and focus on doing good things that will help in their future.

“The launch was also attended by the pupils from Buhlebemfundo High School and New Germany Primary School, who participated in the Libraries and Heritage in Creative Writing outreach programme last year, teachers from both schools, library staff as well as the community,” said Mbatha.

New Germany Public Library was officially opened in 1952, with the present building being opened in 1981. The library serves the community of New Germany as well as those from bordering areas, and has gained popularity as a place of study for children of all ages with Internet access and Wi-Fi.

Holiday programmes are organised during all school holidays for children to experience crafts and fun activities. These are free and open to all. Various clubs form part of the weekly activities for young members, which include the Bookworm Club, the Recorder Club and the Homework Club. It is hoping to start a chess club as well.

The New Germany Library invites all members of the community to get a membership card which allows one to borrow a selection of books, magazines, audio CDs and DVDs. “In order to join, one must produce an original barcoded identity document as well as proof of current address.”

Hours are Mondays from 10 am to 6 pm and Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. For more information, contact the library at 031 311 6474/6.

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