There was an air of excitement as the City’s Library and Information Services officially launched library week at Masakhane library in Khayelitsha last Friday. .
Library week started yesterday, Wednesday March 16, and runs until Monday March 21.
The key message was the importance of reviving a culture of reading which had been eroded by, among other things, the popularity of social media.
At the event, Bridgetown library in Athlone was named the winner of the competition for the best display.
Head of professional services and programmes at the Library and Information Services, Christelle Lubbe, said Library Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the importance and role of libraries in our country.
Libraries across the city will also run programmes aimed at making a difference in the communities they serve.
Under the theme, re-purpose, redesign and rediscover libraries, she said they were urging the community at large to visit libraries regularly.
“Libraries are the cornerstone of education as they aim to provide every book and resources which people might need in order to complete their research and studies. We seek to ensure that everyone who makes use of libraries leaves our doors happy with our services.
“We are hoping that people could assist us also in ensuring that we become better in what we do,” she said.
Ms Lubbe told Vukani she loves being part of the Library Services because they got to see people who use their facilities develop from pupils into doctors and other professions.
Masakhane’s senior librarian Nomonde Sotashe, said she was excited that her library had the opportunity to host the launch of Library Week and that they would be joining other libraries in running programmes for the community.