To celebrate South African Library Week from March 11 to 21, the City of Johannesburg is giving residents the opportunity to return their overdue books with no penalties. Readers will be able to bring back books until March 31 without the fear of being fined – and with no questions asked.
This year, South African Library Week’s theme is “#libraries4lifelonglearning”, which recognises that learning is a holistic activity that occurs in different environments, both formal and informal.
“Library Week aims to position libraries as spaces that provide our communities with learning resources in various formats, but also advance literacy, foster a spirit of enquiry and curiosity and create a desire for lifelong learning,” says Nobuntu Mpendulo, Director: Library and Information Services.
“Reading instills respects for diverse beliefs and opinions and fosters a more informed citizenry. With the e-learning programmes offered at a number of Johannesburg’s libraries, we are also contributing towards digital literacy that is becoming an essential 21st-century life skill.”
Members of the public are encouraged to visit their libraries during this period and participate in special Library Week activities.