Ren­o­va­tions to VP li­brary are widely wel­comed

Young and old will ben­e­fit from th­ese up­grades

The Rep - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: ANDISA BO­NANI

LET’S CHAT: The Vic­to­ria Park li­brary com­mit­tee, Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cials and DSRAC rep­re­sen­ta­tives dis­cuss the ren­o­va­tions

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