Opening of Library number 41 !
Monday, March 16, 2014, The Bookery opened its 41 st library at Heatherdale Primary School in Athlone, Western Cape.
The day, in celebratory of South African Library Week, was filled with educative, inspiring and motivational activities. MEC Debbie Shafer and the UK Aid representative Sussie Moffat spoke proudly of how the library opening was a step in the right direction for our youth. Guest speaker and well known librarian Fadeelah Davids encouraged not only the learners but also the teachers to make full use of the library.
The highlight of the day was the glorious singing from the school choir. They amazed the crowd with their melodic fluidity and music variation. Grade two learners Nikita Katina and Muaath Gierdien both told good stories in their poetry and reading.
The ceremony was concluded with opening of the cage for the doves and the unveiling of the plaque by the MEC and the principle Theresa Le Grange.
The Bookery set to open another library on 16 March 2015
The Bookery, an NGO that creates and supports fully functional school libraries in South Africa, is set to open a library at Heatherdale Primary School on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 2pm.
Amongst the attendees will be the MEC of the Western Cape Education Department Debbie Schafer, UK Aid representative Susie Mossatt, guest speaker Fadeelah Davids and some the University of the Western Cape Library Science and Information professors. The activities planned for the day include a performance from the school choir lead by Music Educator Mr Bourne and a poetry recital and book reading by the learners.
Heatherdale Primary situated in Athlone was established about 90 years ago and the current principal Ms Theresa Le Grange has been holding the fort for 12 years. They have seen a need for better internal reading and writing facilities at the kids’ disposal. School Library Assistant at Heatherdale Mr Sean Geldenhuys, says he “expects the school library to promote children reading for leisure and to create more educational possibilities in the community”.
The opening falls in with the celebration of South African library week and The Bookery’s Executive Project Manager Cosmas Mabeya says, “This is a profound way to celebrate this week; the Heatherdale school library is a special project as it brings together one of The Bookery’s most important partnerships for the future.”
See the full article on http://www.skillsportal.co.za/content/bookery-set-open-another-library
World Read Aloud day with Nal’ibali
Yesterday, March 03, 2014, the Library Support Staff, Penny Dare, Janet Cronje, Harper Mapila (Coach) and Portia Nyokana, together with the two Public Relations interns Sharon Moatshe and Vuyokazi Ndobeni, spent the day visiting different school libraries within Khayelitsha in celebration of World Read Aloud Day courtesy of Nal’ibali.
Sosebenza Primary School, with the leadership of Nompumelelo Mhlongo (library assistant), magnified the day by having the Grade three learners read to those in Grade R. In other classes there would be a chapter dedicated to a child to read out loud. Next door to Sosebenza Primary is Soyisile Primary School, with library assistant Sibusiso Nkosi, which also joined in the Read Aloud festivities. The students were all reading a Nal’ibali story with questions later that made their reading more of an experience. The day was finished off with the energetic and eager-to-learn students from Isikhokelo Primary School under the care of Bulelani Nameka. From Mhlongo’s humbleness to Nkosi’s strong demeanour to the ever enthusiastic Nameka, the day poised to be a success.
Other schools, sponsored by The Bookery, that participated in the Nal’ibali read aloud day were Fezeka Secondary School (Guguletu), Buchule Technical High School (East London), Searidge Primary (Mitchells Plain), Nomlinganiselo Primary (New Crossroads), Garlandale Primary (Athlone), Sobambisana Primary (Khayelitsha), Ummangaliso Primary (Khayelitsha), Siyazingisa Primary (Gugulethu), Intshayelelo Primary( Khayelitsha), Parkhurst Primary (Mitchell’s Plain), Heatherdale Primary ( Athlone), Delta Primary (Retreat) and Litha Primary (Guguletu).
Nal’ibali, meaning “here’s a story”, aims to develop literacy by creating stories in languages that the children will understand, sparking desire and passion for reading. They have partnered with The Bookery in hopes of building and sustaining more libraries.
World Read Aloud day celebrates the existence of literature and emphasises the need to motivate the youth to read and be confident in their reading. This day serves as a reminder of the great stories that have been told and bring about excitement for stories that are yet to be told.
For more information on Nal’ibali, visit: http://nalibali.org/
The Bookery opens 40th Library at Ummangaliso
On Friday 31st October Ummangaliso Public Primary School became the 40th recipient of a Bookery library, and we celebrated with an extremely entertaining and memorable opening at the school. We were were treated to a great show of dance and singing by learners from the school. Speeches from UCT Professer C. Soudien, Education Minister Debbie Schafer and Mr Sean Farrell, The Bookery Chairman, followed, all involving encouragement towards the staff, parents, and scholars of Ummangalios Primary to make full use of their new library. Minister Schafer officially opened the library by cutting the ribbon and unveiling a plaque, in front of a gathered crowd, including Rotary, UCT, SII and The Bookery staff, all of whom played a great role in equipping Ummangaliso Primary with this library. We send our thanks to those involved, and wish Vuvu, the new Library assistant, and the rest of the Ummangaliso Primary staff all the best as they enjoy their new library.
Ummangaliso Primary receives Oxford University Press SA book donation
The Bookery was present at the newly opened Ummangaliso Public Primary School Library, where our friends at Oxford University Press South Afica handed over a generous book donation to the school. Principal Mr Siko and Library Assistant Vuyelwa Zweni welcomed the new books, and along with The Bookery, are very grateful for their contribtion and care for the young learners.
Opening of first Bookery library in Eastern Cape
The Bookery opened its very first Eastern Cape based school library at Buchule Tech High School on Friday 17th October. This is now the 2nd library opened outside of the Western Cape, and we are very expectant of more to come soon as we look to expand further into the country. This was just one step forward in our mission to put a library in every school in South Africa.
Nal'ibali Training for our Library Assistants
Pay It Forward Event huge success
The Pay It Forward Charity Event on Saturday, 6 September 2014 at the Marimba Restaurant at the Cape Town International Convention Centre was an uplifting success. The motivational talks from accomplished speakers from different industries achieved the aim of the event which was to inspire the pupils in attendance. Read more here.
g for Enjoyment Orientation Workshop. The Nal’ibali
Cosmas Mabeya visits Library Conference in Moscow
The Bookery’s Executive Project Manager Cosmas Mabeya attended the International Association of School Librarianship 2014 Conference, in Moscow, Russia, from 25—30 August. As The Bookery endeavours to bring the very best of international experience to our work, we were blessed with the acknowledgment of our work and the honour of being awarded a prize for our contribution in the setting up and support of libraries in South Africa. So pleased is IASL with our work that we have been asked to co-convene one of the satellite conferences during next year’s International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) being held in Cape Town on 13-14 August 2015.
Pay It Forward Charity Event
On Saturday, 6 September 2014 The Bookery, in partnership with Public Relations and Events Management student volunteers from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is hosting the Pay It Forward Charity Event at Marimba Restaurant at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The charity event is the culmination of The Bookery Fundraising adult book sale that has been taking place at our office since 15 August 2014. Read more here.
The Bookery Fundraising book sale
The Bookery is hosting 'The Bookery Fundraising' at our office on Plein Street. The aim of the fundraiser is to clear space and raise funds for our 'Pay It Forward' event on 6 September 2014 at the Marimba Restaurant at the Cape Town International Centre.
The Bookery Fundraising book sale started on Friday 15 August 2014. All the books on sale are adult fiction that are not appropriate for the schools we assist. The sale is from 12 - 4pm weekdays until Tuesday 2 September 2014. All the books are on sale for R20 for one or R40 for any three books. Read more here.
The Bookery pledges to support Nali'bali distribute its Children's Literacy Charter
Nal’ibali, a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, launched a Charter on Children’s Literacy Rights on World Book Day this year (23 April 2014).
SABC Education includes The Bookery in its Raise Your Hand campaign
Raise Your Hand is an SABC Education initiative designed to encourage the public to get involved in the education of South Africa's children. The campaign makes it easy for people and businesses to find organisations tailored to what they are able to give.
Find The Bookery on the website's Donate Stuff page.
The Bookery is mentioned in The Herald
The 12 000 books from Scotland arrive
Much excitement unfolded at The Bookery on 12 March due to the arrival of 12 000 quality children’s books! Click here for more.
12 000 quality second hand books on their way to The Bookery from Scotland
The Oprah Magazine supports The Bookery, EE and Symphonia