Library turns 60

Kuils River library is 60 years old.

The Kuils River library building – a landmark in the town with its Cape Dutch gable – is 60 years old and some special events are planned to mark the occasion.

The library was established in Kort Street, in 1928 and moved to its current premises in 1957.

Senior librarian Wilhelmina Whitman said there would be an official function — with dignitaries and government officials — on Friday and a braai and family fun day – with games and a jumping castle – on Saturday.

Ms Whitman said the library had seen patron numbers increase sharply in recent years, as more people moved to Kuils River.

Apart from books, the library also has CDs, games, magazines, newspapers and free internet. There are also story hours and a senior citizens groups, among other things.

Ms Whitman said Saturdays were especially busy.

There is also a Friends of the Library, made up of community volunteers, that helps with fund-raising.

“We are one of the busiest libraries within the City of Cape Town in terms of circulation. We do receive a lot of donations from the public. And we don’t have problem with the community because they bring in books; early they don’t have to be penalised,” Ms Whitman said.

Noel Fortuin, 47, of WesBank, said he visited the library regularly because he didn’t have one in his neighbourhood.

“They are so helpful and render good service,” he said of the librarians. “I come here almost every day to read newspapers or books and also surf the internet looking for jobs.”

Kuils River Technical High School Grade 12 pupil Christive Nzuzi 19,said the librarians were helpful and friendly.

“They ensure we get what we want,” she said.

The library is open from 11am to 7pm from Monday to Wednesday and from 11am to 5pm on Thursday and Friday and from 9am to noon on Saturday.