Renovations to VP library are widely welcomed
Young and old will benefit from these upgrades
ABIGGER, better Victoria Park Library is on the cards for the community of the area.
The library committee had a meeting on Wednesday to officially hand over their site to the MTA construction company which will oversee the enlargement of the facility.
Cultural affairs manager at the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture Nompendulo Nyamaza and assistant manager of libraries and information services Khaya Ndlebe said the decision to extend the facility was due to the large number of pupils and students who were making use of it.
Nyamaza said statistics gathered on a monthly basis via a register signed at each library in the Enoch Mgijima municipal area indicated the need for an enlarged facility.
“The library had nothing to separate the children’s library from the adult section. This was a problem, as children make a noise while other people are studying. This library was originally meant for a small community but numbers have grown and there is now a bigger demand.”
Nyamaza said people would be able to enjoy book clubs in a much more spacious area and the library should be reopened by October 1.
Chief librarian Helen Sparg of the Victoria Park Library said she was thrilled that the library was undergoing renovations as she had been asking for these since 2010.
“The upgraded library will have a children’s section, a reading area, an adult section, a quiet study room, a small activity hall, a computer section and the access roads will be upgraded.
“The renovations exclude the hall and the foyer of the hall, because DSRAC is funding the project and it does not fall under the department. Books can be returned to the closest library.”
St Theresa’s Primary School HOD Hawa Adam said the renovations were great as they would benefit the school’s pupils.
LET’S CHAT: The Victoria Park library committee, Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality officials and DSRAC representatives discuss the renovations