Council libraries get $30,000 worth of books

The United Kingdom Book Aid International (BAI) has donated 1,407 books worth approximately $30,000 to 10 Harare libraries.

The corporate services and housing director James Chiyangwa said the books would be distributed to Dzivarasekwa, Glen Norah, Glen View, Highfield, Kambuzuma, Kuwadzana, Mabvuku, Mbare, Mufakose and Waterfalls.

“BAI is facilitating the shipment of books and the British Council has offered to oversee the clearance, handling and transportation of the books to Harare. BAI has been a regular book donor to council since 1980,” he said.

A visit to some of the libraries by The Zimbabwean revealed that most council-run libraries were in need of rehabilitation – roof tiles, walls, chairs and tables were all in a dilapidated state and the few books were very old.

Meanwhile, though, Harare City Library has been upgraded thanks to a $1m donation from Sweden’s Culture Fund, made back in 2012.

The 50-year old library has taken a leap into the modern world and has gone digital. There is now a computer centre with internet connections and ebooks.

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