Fresh new library for Grassy Park

Grassy Park High School has a refurbished and well-stocked library converted from a classroom thanks to staff from Pam Golding Properties (PGP) in Cape Town and The Property Foundation.

Split into two teams over 50 volunteers, comprising PGP agents and staff, spent several hours at the school on Mandela Day - along with close to 1 600 suitable books which had been collected by PGP head office and Southern Suburbs offices as donations from clients, staff and other members of the public. Additional sponsors of books were Paarl Media (in Milnerton, Cape Town), Random House Struik publishers (in Johannesburg), TEARS Animal Rescue (Fish Hoek, Cape Town) and Books@Blueroute (in Blue Route Mall, Tokai, Cape Town).

The library, which was originally a large classroom, received a fresh new look with window frames and ceiling cornices painted and walls wiped down, while PGP donated brand new ottomans and rugs which were added to the seating area, and paintings on the walls.  All the books collected were unpacked, date issue cards applied to each – which were stamped with a date and the school stamp, and then neatly packed neatly onto shelves in alphabetical order under the categories of fiction and non-fiction.

The enthusiastic teams of volunteers worked in two shifts during the morning and by lunchtime learners were able to see their library had fully taken shape and was ready to enjoy. Further good news is that a volunteer parent, Eunice September, will be manning the library full-time.

Additional books which were collected and which cater for all age groups were also donated to a library in the Afrika Tikkun Zolile Malindi Centre in the Mfuleni community, just outside Cape Town. Catering for the local community the centre includes an early childhood development centre, multi-purpose hall, library and sporting facilities.

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