New li­brary for the com­mu­nity of Boeken­houthoek

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Arts Culture - No­luthando Motswai

THE OPEN­ING of Zithabiseni Pub­lic Li­brary in Boeken­houthoek in Mpumalanga will go a long way to­wards im­prov­ing read­ing in the com­mu­nity.

The Zithabiseni Pub­lic Li­brary, re­cently opened by Mpumalanga Cul­ture, Sport and Re­cre­ation MEC No­rah Mahlangu, is ex­pected to change the face of the Boeken-houthoek com­mu­nity.

The state-of-the-art li­brary has a study area, me­dia room used for watch­ing ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als, and a play area for chil­dren which will be utilised by chil­dren and teach­ers for sto­ry­telling and play ac­tiv­i­ties.

There is also a com­puter room with in­ter­net and wifi ac­cess. MEC Mahlangu urged the com­mu­nity to look af­ter the li­brary and to use it to im­prove their lives.

The li­brary has 5 506 books and other re­sources. Books are is­sued to com­mu­nity mem­bers who are reg­is­tered as li­brary mem­bers and they can bor­row a max­i­mum of four books for 14 days. The li­brary will ser­vice six high schools, eight pri­mary schools and 10 pre-schools within the Bo­mandu com­mu­nity, which is made up of three wards.

MEC Mahlangu set aside R30 mil­lion for build­ing new li­braries in the prov­ince. The depart­ment also bud­geted R10 mil­lion to up­grade two li­braries, in Mashish­ing and Standerton. It will also main­tain seven li­braries. She said her depart­ment would be pro­vid­ing 25 000 books to pub­lic li­braries across the prov­ince. In­cluded will be books that ac­cu­rately cap­ture South Africa’s his­tory.

She added that her depart­ment is com­mit­ted to ren­der­ing qual­ity ser­vices to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties through li­braries for the blind, which are in­cor­po­rated into ex­ist­ing li­braries. Four­teen li­braries in the prov­ince will pro­vide the fol­low­ing ser­vices: • Daisy Player (CD) – This caters for both lit­er­ate and il­lit­er­ate peo­ple, who are able to lis­ten to au­dio books. Doc­u­ment Reader – Th­ese tran­scribe printed mat­ter into speech. A li­brary de­signed specif­i­cally for blind users. Op­er­at­ing hours are from Mon­days to Fri­days from 08:00 to 16:00 and ac­cess to the li­brary is free to the com­mu­nity.

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