The City of Cape Town’s (COCT) libraries is on a mission to ensure that children have a fun and safe school holiday as various libraries will offer a number of exciting programmes throughout the holidays.
According to the COCT, libraries are known for their fun, educational and interactive holiday programmes, however, the national lockdown meant that facilities could not offer many, in some cases any, activities.
Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Patricia Van der Ross says the up and coming school holiday will see the return of the much-loved programmes with the health and safety of the young patrons taking precedence.
“Some of the library activities include sensory play for very young children, a holiday craft programme, which includes a DIY kit, movies, informative talks, storytelling and games sessions.
‘The number of children will be limited, depending on the activity and the space at the particular library. I want to encourage parents to visit the library and sign their young ones up for an activity. Not everyone can be accommodated, so be considerate and don’t book for all the activities. That way more children can enjoy the holidays,” Van der Ross said.
Van der Ross said the holiday programmes, as well as the play and activities at home, do more than just keep children busy. It allows them to use their creativity while at the same time developing their imagination and dexterity, and they learn and interact with the world around them.
“If they’re not able to take part in an activity, visit the library to check out a new book or movie and go on an adventure,” Van der Ross added.
In the meantime, parents and caregivers are reminded that hygiene protocols remain in place. Holiday programmes can be found here: www.capetown.gov.za/holidayprogrammes.