The future of a nation is safe when children can read and explore new ideas.
The Leondale Library in Germiston was one of two libraries which were opened by the Gauteng Member of Executive Committee (MEC) for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms Faith Mazibuko on Wednesday, 16 August.
The MEC was joined by local councillors as well as Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) in Ekurhuleni, Cllr Dorah Mlambo.
The refurbished Leondale Library in Germiston, along with the Kingsway Library in Benoni was transferred to the City of Ekurhuleni in the presence of the community.
The libraries will feature, new books, computers and Wi-Fi with access to electronic database of books, study areas, children’s library and a reference section. The libraries will serve as community centres where artistic, cultural and skills development programmes and activities can take place.
Speaking at the opening of the libraries, Mazibuko said, “I am very happy to be opening these two libraries today, I urge learners and all community members to take up membership of these libraries so they can access valuable information stored here.
“I also would like to urge the community to take ownership of these libraries and protect them against vandalism for the future of our children.”
The Department aims to instil a culture of lifelong reading and learning for Gauteng citizens, giving them access to information and technological resources as well as awareness development and training programmes and activities.
“Read these books. Your slogan should be, ‘born to read’. Read and read for pleasure, read for fun and read to get information. When a library is open no matter how big or small the size and shape, democracy is also opened,” said Mazibuko.