Librarians promote library power at Glendale

Glendale Secondary School pupils Owethu Mhlalo, Berné Oliver, Zahraa Lakay and Zoë May.

Librarians who visited Glendale Secondary School last week read poetry, spoke about their favourite books and urged the pupils to return any overdue book and other library materials.

The visit, on Friday March 24, was part of South African Library Week, from Monday March 20 to Sunday March 26, said Westridge librarian Maureen Williams and Rocklands librarian Nontsikelelo Zingithwa.

The week’s theme, “Libraries Telling Powerful Stories”, shone a spotlight on the important role the institutions play in communities, according to a statement from mayoral committee member for community services and health Patricia van der Ross.

During the week, library patrons could return overdue items without being fined.

Glendale Secondary School English teacher Aaqilah Alexander said the event had been organised by the school’s literature club, which was started last year.

“This year it has grown and is thriving but needs some support,” she said.

Glendale Secondary School teachers Sharfa Christians and Aaqilah Alexander, Westridge librarian Nosipho Maxalisa, Rocklands librarian Nontsikelelo Zingithwa, pupil Logan Dyason, Rocklands assistant librarian Bonita Lesch, librarian Allyssa Buso, Westridge librarian Maureen Williams, Rocklands librarian Niroshni Davids and expanded public works programme worker Bernice van Rooyen