Brak­pan Li­brary opens a new chap­ter

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The Ekurhu­leni Metropoli­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has launched the new Brak­pan Li­brary to open the doors of learn­ing for young and old alike.

Built at a cost of R14 mil­lion, the li­brary is equipped with un­lim­ited WiFi, a state-ofthe-art com­puter lab, a hall for de­bates, 77 000 books and over 3600 au­dio-vis­ual ma­te­ri­als. Ekurhu­leni’s spokesper­son Themba Gadebe said the li­brary will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

“We are very ex­cited that we have launched one of our li­braries in Brak­pan. It’s one of the city’s ef­forts to open the doors of learn­ing and teach­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Although peo­ple may come from dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties, the li­brary is one of those en­vi­ron­ments that is con­ducive to study­ing. The li­brary has been widely wel­comed,” he said.

Open from 8am to 4pm dur­ing the week and from 9am to 1pm on Satur­days, the li­brary en­sures that the youth have nu­mer­ous re­sources at their dis­posal, from nov­els to au­to­bi­ogra­phies. Learn­ers can also ac­cess books over the in­ter­net from the e-li­brary.

Li­brar­ian Orna Kemp said the Brak­pan Li­brary will draw in more young peo­ple.

“It truly has a lot more re­sources that are prov­ing to be ben­e­fi­cial for young peo­ple and the new look is mak­ing be­ing at a li­brary more fash­ion­able for young peo­ple,” said Kemp.

Brak­pan res­i­dent and stu­dent Moron­goa Let­soalo said the li­brary is dif­fer­ent and much more con­ducive to learn­ing.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is the most pow­er­ful weapon you can use to change the world and such re­sources are truly a pass­port to a brighter fu­ture.

“I’m happy that young peo­ple in my re­gion have this knowl­edge cen­tre at their dis­posal and I trust that this will have a rip­ple ef­fect on their stud­ies,” said Let­soalo.

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