“A CHILD WHO CAN READ IS A CHILD WITH A FUTURE”
a motto that saw Mount Pleasant Library being crowned Best Public Library: Children’s Services
As early as 2011, the staff of the Mount Pleasant Library started a reading programme to improve users’ – especially children’s – reading ability. Initially, this programme focused on the pupils of the nursery school Vrolike Vinkies right next to the library.
The 60 children, aged three to six years, attended age-appropriate story hours and, soon, a further three nursery schools were invited to join in the programme. Working according to a timetable, schools nowadays are visited on a weekly basis, and it is estimated that around 300 children benefit from this programme on a monthly basis.
In recognition of its outstanding achievement and contribution, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport recently announced that the Mount Pleasant Library is regarded as the province’s best public library in the area of children's services. Runners up were the Brooklyn Public Library and the Valhalla Public Library, both in the City of Cape Town.
Proud chief librarian, Miralda Coert, handed the award to Executive Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, during the mayoral meeting held on Wednesday, 24 February 2016. To Ms Coert’s left are Desiree Arrison, Director Management Services, and Don Kearny, Area Manager: Hermanus.