The South African National Library Week is a library event that is celebrated annually in the country and it takes place during the month of March. This is when libraries raise more awareness about the importance of libraries. The celebration will take place from the 16th to the 23rd March 2013.
Libraries throughout the province will also be promoting library week in their respective communities. The theme for 2013 South African Library Week is “Educate Yourself @Your Library”.
2. Celebration of Library Week in the Province
As a province, Mpumalanga will also take part in promoting that people educate themselves through different literacy projects. The province is currently focusing on the promotion IT literacy and the use of internet since the internet launch in November 2012. As part of Library Week celebration all public libraries are encouraged to invite even more members of their community to use IT in their public libraries.
Six libraries (two per district) that have improved library IT usage since the launch of internet in November 2012 will be awarded for their hard work. Their reward will be educational toys. The purpose of providing them with the educational toys is to help them promote preschool literacy as the best time to instill love for reading is in the formative years. These libraries will be the first to get the privilege of receiving training on how to use the educational toys to promote literacy. The trainers will offer educational toy training in within the six libraries starting during the library week and continuing beyond library week.
This will be but a start of a continuous programme for training Librarians on how to use the educational toys to promote literacy. As part of library week promotion all libraries will receive training on the use of toys to promote literacy per district. This training will even teach them to improvise in cases where toys are not available...