Manenberg school gets its own library

All the resources in the library were acquired thanks to the efforts of Biblionef, who approached donors for assistance.

Silverstream Primary School in Manenberg is boasting their own library for the first time in the school’s 45-year history.

The library, which was officially opened on Friday October 27, was made possible because of a partnership between the school, Biblionef and The Bookery.

Principal Verna Ward said the school’s former deputy principal, Gertrude Lenders, initiated this project, when she made contact with Biblionef last year. Shortly afterwards, the chief executive officer of Biblionef, Jean Williams, visited the school, and put them in touch with The Bookery.

When Mzwandile Tonisi, the acting deputy principal, took over the reins from Ms Lenders, he continued pursuing this cause.

Said Mr Tonisi: “As the library co-ordinator, it was my responsibility to organise donors for the library, and it was done in partnership with Biblionef and The Bookery. Biblionef played a pivotal role in organising other donors, like Wings of Support. The school did not have to spend anything. All the resources we have there, is as a result of the generosity of the donors.”

The Bookery trained the library assistant.

An excited Ms Ward said the library opened up a whole new world for her pupils.

“This project will assist the pupils with improving their results, as they now have a resource hub closer to them. We are so proud of our multimedia library. We are grateful to Ms Williams from Biblionef, Cosmos Mbeya from The Bookery and Edulis for making this possible,” Ms Ward said.