Friends group gives book boost to Wynberg library

Principal librarian Nadia Ismail, left, thanks Friends of Wynberg Library chairwoman Magaret Mossick for her service to the library. Photograph: Janice Matthews

The Friends of Wynberg Library hopes to resume its fund-raising book sales once the warm weather returns, says its chairwoman Margaret Mossick.

Ms Mossick was re-elected as the volunteer group’s chairwoman at its annual general meeting, held at the library on Thursday morning August 17. It was the group’s first AGM in more than two years due to the Covid pandemic.

Nooronisha Savahl was elected deputy chairperson and Imelda Wamsteker was officially made secretary after filling in the role for two years.

Principal librarian Nadia Ismail thanked the group for its support, saying it had helped the library buy new books for its collection.

“The latest titles bought were two copies of Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt by Lucinda Riley which was bought about two months ago and have been out on loan continuously since then to the delight of our patrons.”

It had also been with the support of the Friends, she said, that the library had held several programmes, including school-holiday activities; film screenings; digital-literacy training; fabric painting workshops; storytelling sessions; and chess, knitting and book clubs.

Ms Ismail noted that because of the pandemic the Friends had had to change the way it raised money through its book sales.

“Before they used to have the book sales on a Saturday morning, and then the Friends would actually put out the books, stand there and sell the books. And, of course, with Covid that wouldn’t happen. What we decided to do was follow what a lot of other libraries do, and we now have honesty book sales. All of the books are put out for sale, we have a tin and people just drop money into the tin,” Ms Ismail said.

Ms Mossick said the knitting club it runs at the library had donated warm gear to Victoria Hospital, Hanover Park day hospital, Haven Nest in Ottery, Lansdowne clinic and Marsh Memorial Homes

Contact the library at 021 814 1495 or for more information about the Friends.

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