City of Joburg libraries shortlisted for international award

The City of Johannesburg Libraries has been shortlisted for the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2020.

COJ is going against Maadi Public Library (Egypt) and Shanghai Library (China) for the Library of the Year Award.

Joanne Joseph speaks to City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services director, Nobuntu Mpendulo about the nomination.

We are excited as the City of Johannesburg to be shortlisted for this prestigious award and it has not been an easy thing.

Nobuntu Mpendulo, director - City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services

When we started introducing the electronics in the libraries, that attracted a lot of youth. Remember our young children now think that if something is not electronic it does not exist.

Nobuntu Mpendulo, director - City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services

We try to bring them to the library to use electronic devices and at the same time introduce them to reading.

Nobuntu Mpendulo, director - City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services

Mpendulo says they are using an app which the children use to create their own stories.

The awards run from March 9 to 15 at the Pergola Olympia, London.

Listen to the full interview below...


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