New look for Tafelsig library

Librarian Letitia Booysen, senior librarian Mphumzi Mtikitiki, resident Shieyaam Khan, librarian Zuko Sancuzi and in front Jamie Cole, 12 and Sheherezaan Cole, 7.

They’ve got a new look, with free wifi, a designated study and children’s area and exciting reading programmes.

This is at Tafelsig library that recently reopened after being renovated. The staff, organisations, residents and ward councillor Sheval Arendse, held and opening ceremony on Friday July 14.

The library has been repainted, has new carpets and furniture. They also have their Smartcape computers up and running in the general section and have five new computers in the children section. It also has a new TV and even a Xbox for those who are game lovers.

Tafelsig teen, Azraa Ryland,14, said she enjoys visiting the library and loves the new look. “We have wifi! Now that is cool. Now I can do my downloads and research from a phone or tablet. The library looks more colourful and brighter. I enjoy coming to this library, the staff is helpful and its an interesting space,” she said.

Ricardo Daniels from Tafelsig said he often visits the library to use the computers and is happy it is in working condition. “I am glad they renovated the library, this place has been through a lot, with the break-ins and vandalism. A library is a place of information and growth, so I am happy that they invested in our library and hope people appreciate it,” he said.

Tafelsig library also has a Children’s Membership Campaign running for children who are on primary school.

When they enter and register they receive a goody bag from 107 and a chart. This campaign is only for new membership and the standard process to join the library must be followed.

The purpose of the chart is to keep track and record of the interactions of the child in determining if the child has become a frequent library user. This chart can be kept in the library. The children collect tokens every time they visit the library.

It consists of two phases. Phase 1 runs from June 20 to 30 September 30 and focuses on joining the child and building a relationship with the child through library opportunities.

Phase 2 is runs from October 2 to December 31 and focuses on monitoring the child’s interaction with the library with no formal chart or register.