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Libraries Keep Kids Busy
Source: City Of Johannesburg Newsletter
Source Date: Monday, December 19, 2011
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 19, 2011

Daily activities include drama, storytelling, art and craft, games and reading for children aged from three to 16. All these events are free and children can turn up at any of the libraries holding the events with their parents or carers.

For more information regarding the activities, contact librarian, Somikazi Bonani, on 011 226 0942 or send an email to somikasibonani@joburg.org.za. Schools closed on 9 December and will re-open on Wednesday, 18 January.

Region B
A presentation on ecological footprint will be held by the Woolworth’s education department on Wednesday, 14 December at the Brixton Library. It will take place between 2pm and 3pm.

Also on Wednesday, 14 December, children between three and 12 are invited to listen to Christmas stories and sing carols at Rosebank Library between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Rosebank Library is at 8 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank.

Randburg Library will hold a cookie carnival on Thursday, 15 December. Children aged from three to 12 will be invited to decorate cookies and make a paper handbags between 11am and 12pm, and 3pm and 4pm. Randburg Library is on the corner of Bram Fischer Drive and Selkirk Road.

Facing painting activities will be held at Emmarentia Library between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Tuesday, 20 December. Emmarentia Library is on the corner of Barry Hertzog Avenue and Greenhill Road.

Region C 
Tshepisong Library has organised a number of exciting programmes to entertain children from the area. On Wednesday, 14 December, children aged between three and five years will be treated to a puppet show and other creative activities.



The library is situated at 5903 Tshepisong Multipurpose Centre, Phase 4, Tshepisong.

Region D
There will be a treasure hunt on Wednesday, 14 December at Jabavu library from 12pm to 3pm. Children from the age of five to 12 are invited to participate; and on 20 December, children will be able to design and make their own Christmas cards.

Children aged between eight and 14 are invited to help Soul Buddyz transplant their vegetables to other gardens at Phiri Library on Wednesday, 14 December between 10am and 11am.

On Thursday 15, December children will learn about the importance of animals, between 11am and 12pm. The Phiri Library is at 448 Mabalane Street, on the corner of Gumede Street, in Phiri (Mapetla).

At Pimville Library, everyone is invited to sing Christmas carols and give each other presents and have fun between 10am and 12pm on Wednesday, 14 December. Pimville Library is at number 11624 Modjadji Street, Pimville.

Stories will be read to children aged five to 13 at Protea Glen Library on Wednesday, 14 December at 2pm. The Protea Glen Library is situated at 1703 Milkwood Street, Protea Glen Ext 1.

Children aged between six and 12 will compete in building puzzles at Mofolo Library on Thursday, 15 December. Then, on Tuesday, 20 December, there will be storytelling followed by face painting activities between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

Over at Dobsonville Library, children will make puppets from old socks and have their own puppet show on Monday, 19 December; and on Wednesday, 21 December, children from the ages of eight to 10 will have swimming lessons in partnership with the sports and recreation directorate at the local swimming pool.

Dobsonville Library is situated at the People’s Centre, 2332 Luthuli Street, Dobsonville.

At Klipspruit West Library, children aged between five and 12 will be able to make their own Christmas cards between 12pm and 1pm on Tuesday, 20 December.

Noordgesig Library will hold computer lessons for children aged between eight and 16 years between 10am and 12pm to help them improve their literacy and numerical skills.

On Tuesday, 20 November, children will colour in and build puzzles from material available at the library, from 9am to 4pm. This will be followed by board games on Thursday, 22 November. The library is on the Main Square in Noordgesig.

Region E
Over at Bryanston Library, an entertaining movie for four to 10 year olds will be shown on Wednesday, 14 December from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

The library is on the corner of New and Payne streets.

Region F
At Rhodes Park Library stories will be read to children aged between five and 14 years on Wednesday, 14 December. After story-telling, staff members will help children decorate the library in preparation for Christmas. All these activities will take place between 10am and 12pm.

On Wednesday, 21 December, children will be treated to Christmas stories and other creative activities between 10am and 12pm. The Rhodes Park Library is on the corner of Kitchener and Montague roads, in Kensington.

Decoration-making will take place at Glenanda Library on Tuesday, 20 December from 10 am to 12pm. Children aged between five and 13 are welcome to join in the fun. Glenanda Library is on the corner of Vorster and Surmon avenues.

At South Hills Library, children aged between six and 14 years are invited to watch DVDs on the homeland of Jesus and on Paddington’s birthday. This event will take place between 10am and 12pm.

South Hills Library is situated at Southdale Mall, Landsborough Road, Southdale.

Region G
Animated movies will be shown to children aged from seven to 15 years. There will also be a discussion on the lessons drawn from them, at 10am on Wednesday, 14 December and again on Wednesday, 21 December at Eldorado Extension 5 Library.

The library is located at number 4044 Link Crescent.

Ennerdale Extension 1 library will be bustling with a number of activities that will keep boredom at bay. On Thursday, 15 December, children will get the chance to dance. This will be followed by Christmas card making on Tuesday, 20 December at 10.30am.

Ennerdale Extension 1 Library is at the Civic Centre, 1376 Achilles Street.

To keep the Christmas season exciting, children will be invited to sing carols and perform a religious drama on Thursday, 15 December at Ennerdale Extension 9 Library. The library is on the corner of Katz and Louw streets, Ennerdale Ext 9.

Eldorado Park Extension 2 Library will hold a number of activities to keep children occupied. On Tuesday, 20 December the film Transformers 1 will be screened at 10am, followed by Transformers 2 at the same time on Tuesday, 10 January.

Children will also get the opportunity make Christmas decorations for the library on Thursday, 22 December and, on Thursday, 5 January there will be storytelling and colouring-in.

The last activity will be held on Thursday, 12 January. Children will build puzzles and play board games. Eldorado Park Extension 2 Library is located at the JD Opperman Centre, 3592 Sneeuberg Street.

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