On behalf of LIASA Western Cape, I would like to congratulate the libraries who were recognised and honoured at the Western Cape Annual Cultural Awards just announced.
The Most Community-Involved Library Award went to Wellington Library.
This library serves a diverse community, from toddlers to students, and also hosts the aged. The library has close relations with the surrounding schools and also most of the students from the Western Cape University of Technology make use of the facilities provided here. The library staff assist learners with acquiring research skills. They have established satellite libraries in the farm areas in order to assist those that cannot come to town.
Best Youth Services went to Rocklands Library.
This has become a learning centre of the community through their sustainable programmes that have increased the literacy rate of the youth tremendously. The library also strives to eradicate anti-social behaviour by forming awareness programmes around topics such as crime and drugs. They further equip yout with debating skills through their established debating forums, and provide weekly educational workshops for them. They have also established chess clubs with the aim of enhancing the intellectual capacity of the youth through the game.
Best Childrens' Services went to the Langenhoven Memorial Library in Outshoorn.
The Langenhoven Memorial Library ensured that they have books and magazines that are able to equip the learners with the necessary but relevant information. The outreach team visits 27 schools on a quarterly basis and provides learners with awareness topics such as environmental issues while promoting a culture of reading. Annually they host a competition in association with the WCED for learners in the foundation phase.
Here is the full list of categories, nominees and awardees, and citations. http://www.capegateway.gov.za/other/2011/2/categories_nominees_and_winners.pdf
Chair: Western Cape