Dazzling Dunoon Library open doors of learning for community empowerment

Exec Mayor Alderman Dan Plato opens Dunoon Library.

'Residents will find an almost endless source of learning, development, recreation and entertainment for young and old', Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato, at the opening.

As I cut the ribbon today, 26 April 2019, and opened the doors of the brand new, world-class three-story Dunoon Library for the local community I wondered how many young lives this house of knowledge would improve in the years to come. 
The Dunoon Library is a project that has been five years in the making and that required all three tiers of government, namely local, provincial and national, to work together. The building is energy and water efficient making use of greywater and LED motion-sensor lights. 
This collaboration recognises the importance of providing high quality learning resources that learners have access to, particularly in our more vulnerable communities. If the community embraces the culture of learning that this library symbolises and makes sure that learners, be they young or old, are encouraged to make use of this library, the benefit to individual and community growth and empowerment will be tremendous. 
Being able to do research for projects and school assignments and also to take some time out in a safe and inspirational space is of utmost importance for learning, development and overall wellbeing. 
The residents of Dunoon and the surrounding community now have access to a wealth of knowledge with 15 000 library items in this building. Residents will find an almost endless source of learning, development, recreation and entertainment for young and old.

The Dunoon library boasts various features such as:

•         Two City SmartCape sections one for children (three terminals) under twelve and one for adults (eight terminals) to provide access to digital resources
•         Free online access via the City’s SmartCape service
•         A reference study section 
•         Free Wi-Fi with limited data downloads
•         A collection of more than 15 000 library items (which includes books and audio visual material)
•         A balcony with a lovely view
•         Newspapers and magazines in print and in digital format
•         Reading programme; storytelling sessions and teen programmes
•         Two study nooks
•         Community meeting facilities
•         Music listening pods
•         A section containing material for adults and teenagers 
‘By providing access to information, this new library will support the Dunoon community in exploring and challenging barriers, values, and behaviours as these relate to social integration. More importantly, libraries engage communities on matters of social importance and encourage the social inclusion of all while offering a sense of identity and belonging, all of which is much needed in today’s society,’ said the Western Cape Government’s Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais.
‘This state-of-the-art library has the potential to become a centre for learning and resource excellence and a well-known landmark in Dunoon. The City has partnered with the community in identifying the need for a learning facility and this beautiful building is the culmination of determination and hard work. The library will also be a centre of hope for children to come and read, study and to make dreams come true. 
‘Reading not only increases general knowledge, it also helps one to learn how to write and improve one’s self-esteem. We hope that the community, together with the City will take ownership of the library, which really is a facility to be proud of,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Committee Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.