For a suburban girl like me, driving into Alexandra township is akin to diving through the looking-glass into a whole new world.
It seems as though an enormous fiesta is going on all the time.
I felt like I had wandered into the true heart of my city in all its techni-coloured brilliance.
Over 3 500 people regularly use the library and asking directions culminated in a crowd of people happy to point me in the right direction. A veritable swarm of school children helped to carry the boxes into the library itself.
The fact that schools are on holiday made their commitment all the more worth praising.
I think I can say with some certainty that I didn’t spend my holidays studying!
As well as sports and recreation it also includes the library, a computer centre, clinic, careers guidance, skills training, counselling and a range of educational experiences for all ages.
My boxes were spilled open and the contents examined with enormous pleasure. Knowing my beloved books are going to be read and enjoyed makes parting with them a little easier. I hope that they will enrich others’ lives the way they enriched mine and open a whole new world of possibilities.
This Mandela Day (18 July 2013), why not have a look at your shelves and give someone else the gift of reading.
Any donations of books, desks, shelves or monetary support is welcomed.
If you have books you’d like to donate you can contact them directly or send me a message and I’ll arrange to collect and drop them off.
There was a special request for comic books!
Find out more about the Alexandra Community Library
Address: Corner of 12th Avenue & Selborne Street, Alexandra
Tel: +27 (0) 882 1673 / 1142
Fundraising number: 01 100638 000 5