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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

CPUT celebrates National Library Week

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'Local to Global' is this year‘s theme for National Library Week, which runs from March 17 – 22, 2008. The national launch of SA Library Week 2008 took place on Saturday March 15, 2008 at the Kruger National Park. Libraries across the country have joined in the initiative, including our own library at CPUT.

South Afircan National Library Week started in Kimberely during the South African Library Association Annual Conference, held September 20-23, 1965. Forty-three years later this inititaive is still growing strong and making a difference.

The CPUT Library used exhibition stands with posters and free handouts to promote National Library Week. On the Cape Town campus students were urged to take part in a general knowledge quiz regarding the library, and were awarded prizes at the end. The Piazza was also a buzz of excitement with the students partaking in easy contests to win prizes.

Many students also took part in a cartoon competition, in which students explain the meaning of ‘Local to Global’ by means of a cartoon strip. The theme was inspired by the story of Neal Petersen. Petersen was the first ‘black’ South African to sail solo around the world. This was a dream he worked towards through many years of hardship. He claims he would not be where he is today without libraries.

By discovering sailing and the art of navigation through books from his public library, and learning through them, he certainly progressed from local to global.

Click here to download a Library Week poster.

By Danwine Felix