Zonnebloem Primary opens impressive new library in partnership with The Chris Otto Foundation and The Bookery.
On 25 April last week, Zonnebloem Primary in Cape Town – which is split into two schools, one for boys and one for girls – opened its impressive new library. The library is a bright, fun and thoughtfully designed space, with big cushions, book nooks, and even a bookshelf carved into the shape of a tree branch. It has 4000 quality children’s books for the school’s 660 learners.
The Chris Otto Foundation Trust led this project, providing the setup costs and librarian stipends. The Bookery provided the books.
The Otto Foundation aims to focus on the psychosocial wellbeing of young learners at Zonnebloem Boys and Zonnebloem Girls. The beginning of its partnership with the school was with the donation of this library, and it aims to be involved with other types of support such as e-based learning and sports facilities.
This opening was for the partners involved; the official opening was on 19 April just for the learners, who were entertained by a face painter and balloon artist. Authors Fiona Moodie, Marga Jonker, Elizabeth Wasserman and Lauren Beukes read to the learners last year as part of the end of exam programme.
We are sure that with the support of everyone involved, school librarian Ms Ngxukuma and new library assistant Ms Petros, and the two principals, Ms Ronne and Mr May, will go far in turning the girls and boys at Zonnebloem Primary into avid young readers.