In celebration of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela on 18 July, the NWU LIS reached out to nearby communities in different ways. All libraries also had book exhibitions to commemorate Mandela’s legacy.
The Mafikeng library took on two projects in celebrating Mandela day. These projects are as a result of a request from the community of Magogoe through Mr Tuny Molwaesa who is the coordinator of the Magogoe Community Library initiative. Because the community library is in close proximity to Phetlhu Secondary School, it was decided to extend the project to establish a school library as well. The LIS staff members assembled the shelves, unpacked books from the boxes and arranged them on the shelves according to faculties. There were various informative posters that were donated by the NWU LIS that were used to decorate the newly established libraries. These activities were motivational and they did a lot to boost staff morale.
A big thank you to the following staff members who made a huge difference with this initiative: Siviwe Bangani, Benford Rabatseta, Boitumelo Masilo, Clement Lebeya, Dina Mashiyane, Edward Mogwasi, Mahlatse Tema, Sebo Sebolai and Vuyo Ngayeka.
Potchefstroom Library reached out to Bokamoso Intermediate School at Rysmierbult near Potchefstroom. There is no library or any fiction material to read. The aim was to create two reading corners, one for juniors and the other one for seniors in two classrooms. Staff restored and painted 2 dilapidated bookshelves, wall areas for the reading corners and a merry-go-round on Saturday, 14 July. Information Resources staff spray-painted old pamphlet holders beforehand. Staff donated paint brushes, rollers, floor puzzle rubber mats, books and soft toys. Cushions and books were provided by the library. Thank you to the following staff who worked very hard on this project: Martin Nokoane, Alta van den Berg, Janie Lamprecht, Lungile Dlamini, Marolay van der Walt, James Kolodi, Suzette Janse van Rensburg and Mietsie Harman.
Vanderbijlpark library staff dedicated their 67 minutes at a local school, namely Suncrest High School. Librarians value the fact that they don’t know everything, but they have skills to find anything in the library. The staff had no donations this year, but that never held them back to make a difference in the library. They took it upon themselves to rearrange the library and to make it easier for leaners to navigate the books they wish to use for their school work. A big thank you to Tiny Moripa, Thoko Tswaile, Katleho Chiya and Thandi Motsoari.
Staff also took part in the Vanderbijlpark Student Counselling and Development campus campaign – Charity Begins At Home. This initiative – Mandela Day 67 item donation, provided an opportunity for staff to donate items for students in need.