LI­BRARIES REACH OUT TO RU­RAL AR­EAS

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An ed­u­ca­tional out­reach pro­gramme by Buf­falo City Met­ro­pol­i­tan In­land Li­braries brought smiles to many pupils’ and com­mu­nity mem­bers’ faces dur­ing a visit to Jafta Lower Pri­mary School on the out­skirts of King Wil­liam’s Town last Wed­nes­day.

The ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded face paint­ing, songs by the BCM Gospel Choir, tra­di­tional danc­ing, story-telling and the read­ing of po­ems by pupils.

Those present were showed books and ed­u­cated on im­por­tant life skills by pro­fes­sional nurses.

The BCM Fire Depart­ment also ad­dressed the au­di­ence on the dan­ger of fires, es­pe­cially veld fires, how to pre­vent them and what to do in the event of a blaze.

BCM re­gional li­brar­ian Nothemba Maku said the visit formed part of their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme, which was aimed at tak­ing li­braries to all com­mu­ni­ties within the re­gion and ex­pos­ing the pub­lic, and most es­pe­cially chil­dren, to read­ing books.

Brei­d­bach li­brar­ian Leona Boswell said what touched her most was the hunger to read books, clearly ev­i­dent on the faces of those present.

Elated prin­ci­pal Mlamli Nashwa said the pro­gramme was very ed­u­ca­tional and was much ap­pre­ci­ated by the pupils and res­i­dents of their area and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“There were im­por­tant books on dis­play. And they ed­u­cated us on how to ac­cess books, the in­ter­net and wi-fi ser­vices,” Nashwa said.

“We are in­deed blessed and em­pow­ered by the li­brary’s visit and would ap­pre­ci­ate more sim­i­lar events in the fu­ture.”

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THANK YOU: Jafta Lower Pri­mary prin­ci­pal Mlamli Nashwa thanks Buf­falo City Met­ro­pol­i­tan In­land Li­braries for their out­reach pro­gramme visit

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