Buck Road Primary School pupils can now enjoy a fully stocked library with a variety of books thanks to a generous donation.
When the school was rebuilt a few years ago by the Western Cape Education Department a library was built but it was not furnished and did not have any books.
Principal Colin Hendricks said thanks to sponsors Biblionef, the Jagger Bequest, Wings of Support and The Bookery pupils will now be able to expand their book knowledge.
“We are immensely proud of what the sponsors have done for the school. Previous principal Geraldine Herbert made an appeal for a functioning school library in 2017. And today we have exactly that so we are extremely thankful and indebted to her as well as the sponsors,” said Mr Hendricks.
“Today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders. This library will help our learners with their literacy skills, instil and improve a love for reading and their imaginations will be broadened. This is very important for them and the school. Now we can start a reading culture at the school thanks to the library,” he said.
Operations manager at Biblionef, Sunitha Amod, said together 1 900 new books were donated.
“All the books were covered, colour-coded in categories, and languages and a computer system with library software was installed. We are also providing ongoing training and support to the library assistant,” she said.
It took six months to complete the library. Biblionef is a non-profit organisation which has been distributing story books to under-resourced schools and children’s organisations since 1998.