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For the love of public libraries: 5 interesting facts
22 March 2017

If you haven’t visited your local library for a while, now’s the time to go! From 18 – 26 March, South African Library Week (SALW) will be taking place across the country to celebrate the important role libraries still play in a democratic society. While this may seem odd, as so many of us may

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Seeking refuge in a room full of books
22 March 2017

As part of our South African Library Week (SALW) celebration, Cape Town Partnership digital editor, Nadia Krige shares how libraries have always been places of comfort for her.   There are few places in the world that offer refuge in the way that rooms full of books do. Not where they’re stacked in a cacophonous clash

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A precocious reader
20 March 2017

As part of our South African Library Week (SALW) celebration, Cape Town Partnership communications manager, Maxine Case shares her fondest memories of fortnightly trips with her mom and older sister to their local library.   I loved public libraries when I was a child. One of my standout memories is of the loud classical music crashing

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AMAZA! Cape Town Carnival 2017 in pics
20 March 2017

Thousands of spectators were treated to a dazzling music, dance and costume parade, as the Cape Town Carnival wended its way along the Green Point Fan Walk on Saturday, 18 March. The theme for this year’s extravaganza was AMAZA! Ocean Odyssey and saw participants shimmer and shine in the brilliant colours of the underwater world.

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Recounting 43 years: an interview with a library veteran
20 March 2017

Joey Lyons, a Cape Town Partnership intern from Boston, interviews Ann Chatham Rote, a retired librarian who, for forty-three years, entertained children with her storytelling and taught them to love reading.  Anne Chatham Rote, my grandmother, retired last year, ending her 43-year career as a librarian. She worked at the Hanscom Primary and Middle Schools,

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Six Weeks, Nine ways of Uncovering Cape Town
10 February 2017

Since I arrived in Cape Town almost six weeks ago as an intern, I was excited by the promise of natural beauty and prospect of a new city, but of course also nervous about the unknown. I’ve found the city to be diverse, active, delicious, and surprisingly affordable. Affordability As a student, traveller, and intern, I’m

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4 reasons to support Cape Town Carnival on 18 March
9 February 2017

It’s all hands on deck at Cape Town Carnival’s headquarters, as the team marked only 40 days till floats, dancers, artists and performers hit the Fan Walk in spectacular style for this year’s AMAZA! – Ocean Odyssey-themed event. We got to share in some of the anticipation and excitement on Wednesday during a comprehensive behind-the-scenes tour

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Why Every City Should Have a Library of Things
30 January 2017

What if a trip to the library meant borrowing camping equipment, power tools, or toys instead of books? New library A library of things or tool library is similar to the concept of a traditional library, but you don’t borrow books, you borrow a variety of technology, equipment, or toys. So instead of buying the ladder

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Open Streets celebrates 10th event
11 January 2017

With the 10th Open Streets Cape Town event set to close off Bree and Longmarket Streets to motor vehicle traffic this Sunday  (15 January) and open it up to all sorts of fun to be had on foot, bike or board, we decided to catch up with managing director and co-founder, Marcela Guerrero Casas to

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