Author donates books to promote reading

Library patrons and staff listen to Zukiswa Pakama reading from one her books, Uyindoda Kwedini.

Khayelitsha author Zukiswa Pakama has donated more than 100 books to the Site B library.

The books, in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, are by various authors.

Ms Pakama has written several books, stories and plays. Two of her novels for young adults include the high school setworks, Uyindoda Kwedini and Ubuhlobo bukaZazi noLili, both published in 2013.

At the handover on Tuesday December 5, Ms Pakama said she had received donations of books for a reading club she runs in Site B and wanted to share some of them with the library, which also has a reading club.

“I know the books will ignite that culture of reading, not only for the club members but for the library users too. The donation is my little token to the library because they also bought my books… I am grateful to have given back to the library,” she said.

Senior librarian Vuyokazi Njambatwa-Rani stressed it was important for children to see themselves in the books they read.

“Our focus is to ensure that children can access quality books depicting stories they can relate to. That is the reason we accept quality books with quality characters. When people donate books to improve literacy skills, we are happy. This is a joyful moment when a multi-award-winning author provides us with books. We cannot be more excited.”

Author Zukiswa Pakama and senior librarian Vuyokazi Njambatwa-Rani showing off some of Ms Pakama’s books.