"For many South Africans, reading is second nature. We grew up with books lying around the house. Our parents could afford to buy books. Tragically, for millions of South Africans, this was not the case, and the problem continues to this day: there is no money for books in most households of poorer communities. Most schools have not had the capital to provide libraries. So bearing in mind this sad state of affairs, how does one promote a reading culture? By providing books, by creating libraries, by encouraging a love of the written word. Essentially, by bringing books to children.
This is what The Bookery has done, and keeps doing. I applaud the fantastic, and practical efforts of the project, which is making leaps and bounds towards setting up libraries in so many schools where books have not been available. Thanks to the generosity of South Africans, who donate books, and to the volunteers who run the project under the auspices of the Cape Times. It is a project which will change and shape the future of South Africa.Readers are thinkers. And we need thinkers to ensure that the future is bright for all who live here. And stories, of course, bring so much pleasure. After all is said and done, we want our children, all our children, to benefit from reading."