There’s nothing like a good book to transport us out of our everyday lives and into a world where anything is possible as long as there are still words to be read. This is a sentiment that our students share, as was evident at the launch of our mobile library this term. Not only were students volunteering on Saturday mornings to help cover and catalogue the books – eagerly pledging to protect them – but they were also clamouring at their class’ collection to get their hands on that special story. They are hungry for books and it shows!
Of course our book collection would not be possible without the help of both corporate sponsors and Hout Bay community members alike. Most notable of which is the partnership we have enjoyed with local author and book enthusiast, Dorothy Dyer, and the wonderful team at Fundza. Their generous donation of over 80 excellent local titles has transformed our library. Not to mention, three of our students will be featured on the cover of their new book. How exciting!
Ms Muller, a Mathematics and English teacher at Silikamva has a connection to the Vulindlela reading club in Langa. It was this connection that inspired the start of our own reading club. Each week, students from the high school go across to the Little Lambs crèche that is next to the school and run a reading club with the children there. The students play games and read stories to the children – getting them as enthusiastic about reading as they are.
Our vision for the school library is to create a space where students can feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed – a cosy, inviting oasis of calm.