Cape Town’s libraries are missing over 140 books from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Almost a third of the top 30 titles overdue in the city are from Cape Town Jeff Kinney’s American fiction book series.
The series follows the life ofGreg Heffley, a school weakling.The other top 30 overdue titles are fairy tales and Afrikaans titles.
On Sunday, the city announced an amnesty for children under 12 to sell their books and magazines during a special children’s amnesty week from June 1-8 without paying a fine.
There are over 25,000 items outstanding from patrons under the age of 12.
Patricia van der Ross, Mayor’s Committee on Community Services and health, showed understanding.
< p>“I am happy that children are enthusiastic about books and have so much fun reading that they understand the stories that their fant asie have inspired, don’t want to let go.
“It’s a joy we want to share with all our other young patrons and I encourage them to return their overdue items without incurring any penalties,” she said.
“If you return your articles, you can pick out new books and embark on new adventures.
“Reading helps improve your vocabulary and grammar, and improves the reading comprehension. Each new book is an opportunity to grow and learn.”
Last year, the city also featured the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series as the longest overdue books featuring The Getaway is the most popular title to keep at home.
In 2019, when Covid-19 closed libraries for most of 2020,Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haulalso topped the list of longest overdue books with 29 overdue copies in the city’s 104 libraries.
In addition to the amnesty, some city libraries will also be hosting activities to mark the occasion, including:
- The Claremont Library is hosting on Wednesday 1 June and 8 June 2022 at 10:00 am: 12:00 p.m. storytelling and crafting session for children up to age three and their carers
- Bellville Library will be hosting the Born-to-Read Stories for Babies and Toddlers, Am Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00
- Milnerton Library will be hosting a pram jam session with sing-alongs, nursery rhymes and shakers on Thursday June 2 at 11:00 for toddlers aged up to five
- Pinelands Library is inviting Pinelands schools to book story hours in the library every day from June 1st to June 6th. As part of the invitation to schools, they have been encouraged to announce Amnesty Week and ask children to return any outstanding books. If schools are interested in booking a class for a session with the library they can contact Marlene on [email protected] or on 021 530 7160
- Dunoon Library offers a range of events to children aged three to six years between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. These include Storytelling on June 1st and 6th, Storytelling and Coloring on June 2nd, Storytelling and Educational Games on June 3rd
- The Southfield Library is hosting on Wednesday 8th June at Plumstead Park (between Lympleigh and Rotherfield Streets) a Stroller Jam ) from 11:30am to 12:30pm
- Table View Library is hosting a storytelling session on June 7th from 9am to 10am. Activities include rhyme time, sing-alongs, story reading and a fun craft session.
- The Brooklyn Library is hosting a story and activity with Teddy Den Crèche on June 1 starting at 10:00 am about books care and the Importance of returning library books
- The Lansdowne Library is hosting storytelling on 1st, 6th and 8th June from 10.30am
- The Brackenfell Library is hosting storytelling in various nursery and aftercare settings < /li>
- Simon’s Town Library is hosting a teddy bear story hour on June 4th starting at 10:00am.
- Woodstock Library is hosting a toddler story hour on Tuesday 7th June at 10:30am .
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