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George Libraries hosts successful Library Week

Conville Library hosts Spelling Bee
A Spelling Bee was held by Conville Library with Conville Primary School for Library Week. This is a spelling competition that exposes the reading and spelling skills of the youngsters. The Spelling Bee is a sub-section of the literary world that is also used during the annual Funda Mzantsi competition.
Rachel Williams, Manager: George Libraries, said it was only Conville Primary that participated in the competition last week. “It is our sincere hope that more schools will take part in the Spelling Bee in future so that many different schools in our area can compete against each other. Williams said one of the perks of the competition is it allows children to develop an appreciation for words and language. The aim being to increase children’s self-confidence and enable them to perform in front of an audience.
How does a spelling bee work?
1. A spelling bee is conducted in rounds where everyone is given one word to spell per round. The spelling bee starts with a practice round, followed by a first round then a second and a third round.
2. If a speller incorrectly spells the word, they are immediately eliminated from the competition.
3. The wordlists of the spelling bee can be generated from a wordbook that should be given to spellers prior to the spelling bee competition.
4. The spelling bee should be run by a judge/adjudicator, pronouncer and a timekeeper.
Mini Library for the Blind
Pacaltdorp Library obtained a mini Library for the Blind during Library Week. The launch of the mini library will open the door to knowledge and information for the visually impaired people of Pacaltsdorp and surrounding areas. In pursuit of a knowledgeable society and to ensure free and fair citizenship, this programme promises to eradicate information poverty, whilst cultural diversity and active citizenship is being encouraged and emphasized. Education and lifelong learning are hereby fostered.
This is also an opportunity for illiterate people to benefit from this free service that is being rendered. The primary objective of this project is to provide access to reading materials through assistive devices and the provision of necessary technology that are available at Pacaltsdorp Library. Visually impaired people are thus becoming part of the information society and are given the opportunity to participate in the knowledge society.
Lala and Gabrielle: The winner of the Spelling Bee competition is Gabrielle Ememameh(spelling checked)(11), grade 7 from Conville Primary School). With her is Library Assistant, Nompumelelo Dladla from Conville Library.
Thembalethu library: Avuswa Majwede (left) and Endinako Dolomba obtained new library cards at Thembalethu Library as part of the Library Week launch. With them is library assistant, Abigail Geyesa of Thembalethu Library.
Blind: Cutting the ribbon at the Launch of the mini Library for the Blind at Pacaltsdorp Library are from left, Amgelika Sass from the South African Library for the Blind, Rachel Williams, Manager: George Libraries and Jade O’Ryan from the South African Library for the Blind.
George: Wilkie Barkhuizen (left) from the Genealogical Society Rights in conversation with Cllr Jayzee Jantjies, Ward Councillor of Ward 6 at George Library during Library Week.
George1: Cllr Jayzee Jantjies at a display by Jacques Olivier of Human Rights at George Library.