WE made our first donation!
We have been on a quest to donate 1000 new children’s books to our reading programs and street libraries. We are proud to announce that with the donations we have received tis far, we have been able to donate our first 100 books to the street libraries and its all thanks to you!
We still have a way to go and we need your help getting to the 1000 books. Click the link below to donate.
This is the collection we’re providing in 2024, in at least five languages each:
uLonwabo neGongqongqo | The First Story Ever Told | A Multilingual ABC | Kwezi 1–3 | My Big Name | Nala Sings | Know my name
Our Street Libraries
We have adopted two outdoor township libraries – one in Alexandra and another in Soweto. We stock these libraries every month to ensure that these communities have access to an ever-changing and ever-growing selection of books. We plan to build more of these throughout Joburg, starting with Library Gardens.
Find out how you can help here.
We host Storytime Saturday every week, either at Bridge Books or around the corner at Ernest Oppenheimer Park. With this initiative, we hope to revitalise the art of oral narrative, and to give children a fun and enriching activity on the weekend. Our readers bring stories to life in all South African languages, depending on the week’s audience. We want the kids in the neighbourhood to know that kids like them can be on the covers of books, too.
We also work in collaboration with the Alliance Française. With monthly storytelling events, we support their mission of bringing South African cultures to French expats living in Joburg, encouraging them to introduce their children to more South African stories. Plenty of local children from our area come to listen, too, and to join in on the djembe drum circle.
We also have a partnership with Salvazione, a school in Mayfair. We do readings there once a week for grades 0 to 3.
Greening the park
One of our biggest objectives with adopting the Library Gardens park is to make sure it stays green. We recently planted a flower bed and we are hoping to continue planting and eventually get more grass to cover the park.
The Underground Bookseller Tour
Dozens of booksellers sell their wares in the LitDistrict. These booksellers provide easy access to books to the thousands of people in the city centre. We have fostered a relationship with these underground sellers, connecting them with publishers so that they can continue to provide the community with new books. We are working together as a neighbourhood to foster more of a reading culture that we hope will spread from our home to many others.