Holiday Programme at Edgemead Monte Vista Library

“The Edgemead Monte Vista Library has had a very busy year once again. “We as a staff are extremely grateful for every volunteer that pitches in and helps us to keep the library in the condition it is. We have our group of book menders, shelvers, cd- and dvd cleaners and just people generally assisting with functions and wherever the need might be,” said Head Librarian Lorraine Mathewson.

She added that without the Friends of the Edgemead/Monte Vista library they will also not be the dynamic team that they are. The Friends have various fund raising initiatives e.g. art exhibitions, car boot sales and craft markets. With the funds raised, the Library is able to buy some extra best sellers and fill most of their other fund gaps. Mrs Mathewson said that she would like to say a huge “Thank you” to Friends of the Library Chairperson Ms Diane Stratton and her team! Just a reminder that membership for the Friends of the Library can once again be paid from January at the library.

“We also want to thank all the people in the community who donate books to the library. On an annual basis we select more than 1000 of these items to become part of our library stock. Good books which we have enough copies of, we donate to less fortunate libraries in the City of Cape Town,” said Mrs Mathewson. Read more

November and December Happenings at Edgemead / Monte Vista Library

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Mrs Naomi Knight and Miss Joan Swart at the coffee morning held at Edgemead / Monte Vista Library in October.

The Edgemead / Monte Vista Library held a coffee morning in October with the theme “Those were the days.”  Everyone was invited to attend and bring along a momento / picture from their past and share the story with the group.  Miss Joan Swart brought her 70+ year old doll along and shared the story about the doll with the group.

The library will be closing from 9 November and re-opening on 14 November. This closure is necessary for technicians to upgrade the ADSL connection for all the PC’s to Fibre Optic lines which will offer faster internet and a better experience to all who visit the library to use the computers.

The Friends of the Edgemead/Monte Vista library will be hosting their mini craft market inside the library from 16 November to 3 December. The car boot sales continue to be a regular event on the first and last Saturday of every month and are especially busy during the warmer summer months.

The current quarterly children’s reading programme will be ending at the end of December. Those in the programme receive a sticker for each book read.

The Edgemead / Monte Vista Library will be holding a children’s holiday programme on 8 and 13 December.

For further info on any of the above please contact Edgemead / Monte Vista Library on 021 444 7353/4

Adult colouring-in sessions continuing at Edgemead / Monte Vista Library

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The Edgemead / Monte Vista Library will be continuing with their colouring-in sessions for adults on Thursdays between 10am to 1pm as they have found the sessions to be really popular “get-togethers”.   They invite anyone who wishes to just give it a try, to stop in at the library.  The library has some stock to get you going and also pictures and pencils to experiment with.  On Saturday 29 October they will be hosting a special session for all those who are unable to attend during the week as they are working.

Adult colouring sessions at Edgemead / Monte Vista Library

Juli Grobler and Glenda Hon enjoying a colouring session earlier this year.
Juli Grobler and Glenda Hon enjoying a colouring session earlier this year.

Edgemead Monte Vista Library will be starting with weekly colouring-in sessions for adults on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 13:00 with the first session taking place on Thursday 8 September. The library will supply some pencils and pictures for people who just want to see whether they like this form of “art”.

The concept behind it is to share ideas and talk “shop” with fellow artists. The library invites all interested people to join them as this is a great way of destressing and also gives the brain the opportunity to unintentionally do some problem solving.

For more information contact Lorraine Mathewson at the Edgemead Monte Vista Library on 021 444 7352/3.

Edgemead / Monte Vista Library re-opens after 6 weeks of maintenance

Nobandile Xwayi (Librarian), Marga Phillipson (assistant librarian), Nobubele Tandwa (Librarian), Helen Carstens (Ward Councillor), Lorraine Mathewson (Principal librarian) and Cheryl Heymann (District librarian for district 5).
Nobandile Xwayi (Librarian), Marga Phillipson (assistant librarian), Nobubele Tandwa (Librarian), Helen Carstens (Ward Councillor), Lorraine Mathewson (Principal librarian) and Cheryl Heymann (District librarian for district 5).

The Edgemead / Monte Vista Library held a finger supper on 14 July to celebrate their reopening after six weeks of limited service while they underwent much-needed renovations.

The event was attended by staff, members of the Friends of the Library, local crafters, special guest and volunteers.
While the library should have in fact been closed during the renovations, the staff worked hard to still operate, albeit in a limited capacity. On sunny days they ran the library from the veranda outside, while Ward Councillor Helen Carstens lent the library use of her office alongside the hall.

Principal Librarian, Lorraine Mathewson, said that the staff worked hard to keep the library running during this time as they had to work through dirty and dusty conditions. She thanked them for all of their hard work. She also thanked volunteers for their assistance as they came in and started dusting, cleaning and shelving books, even before the maintenance was finished. Read more

Edgemead Library news on maintenance, book clubs & activities

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Afrikaans crime author, Martin Steyn, visited the Edgemead/Monte Vista Library on 29 June.  Library users were very pleased to meet him and Principal Librarian Lorraine Mathewson said she predicts that Martin will soon be mentioned in the same breath as Deon Meyer and Rudi Van Rensburg. “We had a delightful morning with this gentle tall man,” added Lorraine.

The major maintenance at Edgemead/Monte Vista Library is nearing an end with the library having opened its’ doors again late June.

The Edgemead/Monte Vista Library will be hosting their Christmas in Winter “coffee morning” on the 5th of August.  And all are welcome to attend.  They have made special mention to extend this invitation to the men of the community as well as very few attend and they hope to see more male visitors at the next one.

The Friends of the Edgemead Monte Vista library will be holding Car boot sales on the first and last Saturdays of each month, with the exception of December and January. The next ones will take place on 30 July, 6 August and 27 August. (Please note that they are not every Saturday, only every first and last Saturdays of the month.)

The Friends are hosting their winter craft market inside the library a little later than usual from 15 to 30 July during library open hours. More than 40 crafters will have goods on display to buy.

There has been a lot of confusion regarding the allocation of funds raised by the Friends of the Library. To clarify, the Friends paid for the alterations to the library desk and, during May, spent more than R20,000 on new books and dvd’s for the library and therefore for the community it serves. “We cannot thank them and our volunteers enough for all their hard work and dedication,” said Principal Librarian Lorraine Mathewson.

There are now three book clubs at the library: one meets on every first Tuesday morning of the month, there is a meeting once a month on a Saturday and they now also have an Afrikaans book club which will meet once per month once it has been properly established.

There is also a need for a teenage book club. The Edgemead/Monte Vista Library are all calling on interested teenagers to contact the library.

For enquiries or further information the Edgemead/Monte Vista Library can be contacted on 021 444 7352/3.

Edgemead/Monte Vista Library delivering service through on-going maintenance

The sign outside the front gate to Edgemead / Monte Vista Library directing visitors to the temporary library that has been set up.

Edgemead/Monte Vista Library will be hosting craft sessions for the June/ July holiday on Thursday 7 and 14 July at 10:00am.

With the visit of Afrikaans thriller author, Martin Steyn,  on 29 June, library will be launching an Afrikaans book club.  Anyone wishing to know more about the club can contact the library.

Edgemead/Monte Vista Library are collecting soft toys to hand over to children in hospital for Mandela day on 18 July. Should anybody still have unwanted soft toys lying around they are asked to please take them to the library.

The Library also wants to remind their patrons that they are still delivering a service even though they will be closed for a few weeks. They are currently running from Ward Councillor Carstens’ office and the veranda. Principal Librarian Lorraine Mathewson said that the staff are quite willing to respond to specific telephonic request for books and will man the telephone inside the library as they will still continue administrative tasks as well as moving furniture around to give the workers access to work spaces.

The library are quite willing to visit crèches, pre-schools and groups of children who are in day care facilities for story times and library orientation, should it be impossible to visit the library.

For further details the library can be contacted on 021 444 7352/3.

Edgemead Library events and maintenance

Magicnick had visitors of all ages enthralled with his tricks and illusions at the magic show at Edgemead Library on 2 April.
Magicnick had visitors of all ages enthralled with his tricks and illusions at the magic show at Edgemead Library on 2 April.

Edgemead/Monte Vista Library hosted a number of activities for the community including a colouring workshop for adults, presented by Marelize Wiese.

On 2 April they hosted a magic show with Magicnick which proved quite entertaining.

The library will be hosting another colouring workshop at a later date, which is still to be decided.

The Edgemead/Monte Vista library will be running an Autumn reading programme for junior members and toddlers. To find out more info please call the library on the numbers below.

Unfortunately the dates of the maintenance which will be taking place at the library are still unknown.  During this time they will be closed for reference and the Smartcape computer service.  Customers can call Edgemead Monte Vista library for specific requests for books which can then be collected from the library.  The operating times are Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 8:30am to 1pm.

The Edgemead Monte Vista Library will reopen after maintenance has been completed.  New books purchased by the Friends of the Library will be on offer.

If you require any further info the Edgemead/Monte Vista Library can be contacted on 021 444 7352 or 021 444 7353.

Afrikaans Author Irma Joubert visits Edgemead Library

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Above: From left to right: Maureen Swanson, Val Peirone, Irma Joubert, Marga Phillipson, Head Librarian Lorraine Matthewson and Carol Cox.

Edgemead Library welcomed a very special guest speaker on 8 March when they were visited by Afrikaans Author Irma Joubert to talk about her new book, “Tussen stasies.”  The book was translated into English as “Girl from the train.”  It has been translated and released in Dutch and German as well.

The Edgemead Library will be closing for a few weeks for some pro-active maintenance.  Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, exact dates have not been provided.  The Edgemead Library has said that patrons will be able to return books and they are attempting to set up an interim “mobile” facility.  Alternately all library members are welcome to use the surrounding libraries during the period that they are closed.