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Friday 5 April 2024

South African Library Week 2024

By Jillian Viljoen

The UKZN PMB Main Library hosted South African Library Week with lively festivities from 18-24 March. The theme of the week was ‘Libraries foster social cohesion’. There were song competitions throughout each day with many prizes being handed out. A snippet of a popular song was played over the intercom and the first student to identify the song and singer got a prize. This created a lot of excitement and interest in the program and the library as a whole. Some students said that they had no idea that they could have fun in the library. There was also a range of guest speakers from various departments on campus. Some students mentioned that they learned a lot from the guest speakers and enjoyed engaging in the talks. All participants conveyed their appreciation for being included in the program and for the library being used to highlight the services of various campus departments. Freebies were handed out to attendees at the talks, which were a hit with the students.


The winners of our song competitions:

To add to the celebrations, we had a dance competition where 6 students participated enthusiastically. It was very exciting.

The winners of the dance competition, with Dr Nonhlanhla Ngcobo in the middle:

The various guest speakers discussed the services which they provide and they included the theme of South African Library Week “Libraries Foster Social Cohesion”.

The guest speakers:

Some of the attendees at the talks:

Many entries were received for the competition on the library resources, based on the online training sessions offered between 4-16 March. With so many correct entries, it was a pity that there could be only 5 winners.

Four of the winners of the library resources competition:

The fifth winner was Ms Aamina Danka.

The library is a source of information for assignments and research but it is also a place where we can engage in discussions on various topics. South African Library Week was a platform for social engagement in the library and we had loads of fun in the process. Have a look at the pics and judge for yourself. Hope you will join us next year for another exciting program.

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