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World Read Aloud Day
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The Bookery celebrated Mandela Day by not only opening up there doors for the public to come and do their 67 minutes by covering books. but we marked this day by opening our 26th library at Intshayalelo Primary school.
On Saturday, 24 September 2011, The Bookery joined learners from schools in the Cape Town City Bowl and Khayelitsha for the Open Book Literary Festival's Youth Day. The day started at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School for the official opening of the school's library (a collaborative project between Open Book and The Bookery). Thereafter, the learners visited the Harare Library in Khayelitsha for readings by authors Sifiso Mzobe and Cynthia Jele. The day ended at the District Six Homecoming Centre where the Human Rights Media Centre ran workshops on physical theatre and storytelling, and the ethics of storytelling.
National Library Week
The theme for 2013 is “Educate Yourself @ Your Library”as libraries have always played a pivotal role in education and self-development, be it a school, academic, public or special library. Currently the public library is largely fulfilling a school library role to fill the gap left by the lack of school libraries. Apart from the “formal” role that libraries play in this arena, they have also always played an informal role in the education of communities as “the university of the people”. The concept of lifelong learning is embodied in all libraries especially public and community libraries. The fact that any person, young or old, rich or poor, employed or unemployed, can walk into a library and find information (in both electronic and traditional formats) to educate and enrich themselves, for free, is one of the major pluses in the favour of libraries.The theme provides us with an opportunity to bring to the attention of the country, community leaders and decision-makers the role that libraries play in educating communities and the nation at large.Librarians across the country will be hosting special programmes during this week to highlight the services and resources available in their facilities. Members of the public are encouraged to visit their libraries during this period and participate in these activities. A selection of these programmes from around the country will be available on the LIASA website, http://www.liasa.org.za.