Written by Lisa van Bronckhorst, Librarian
walk in, I hear the end of a joke being read aloud and the giggles that erupt
afterwards. From another corner, the
sounds of a heated debate about dinosaurs reach me, fingers pointing to
different parts of a book lying open on the floor, trying to find just the
thing they need to win their battle of words.
More battles are taking place around the chess boards. Some are epic, some are quick, some become
team sports because of the gang of onlookers they draw, each spectator wanting
to contribute just a little to the outcome.
I don't hear the readers. They
catch my eye because they sit along the couch, in companionable silence, each
in their own world, and yet, together.
Another table has a group finishing their homework, trading stories
about the cricket matches that were the reason it wasn't done, lifting their
feet for a younger boy to crawl under the table to fetch the Lego pieces that
scattered as his painstakingly constructed fighter jet crashed.
Events like World Read Aloud Day, World Water Day, World Cup Soccer Day, Poetry Week and Heritage Day, all combine to keep the library alive and relevant. A love of books and reading is the foundation of the library and along with curiosity, creativity and thinking critically, they are the essential skills we aim to develop. E.B.White said, "Always look out for the presence of wonder." The greatest success of the library this year is that it has continued to foster a sense of wonder in our boys, often thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr. Gumede in finding exactly the right book, whether it be about venus fly traps or fish from Malawi. I look forward to another year full of wonder and life in the library.