Thirty copies of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway have returned to Cape Town’s libraries.
Each year during National Book Week, the city offers fine-free return days for overdue books , DVDs and CDs.
This year, librarians welcomed 75% of overdue items, with 5,159 items returned, of which 2,149 were more than a year overdue.
Longest Overdue Book was the diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway , part of a popular fiction series by Jeff Kinney that tells the life of Greg Heffley, a school underdog. Interestingly, this book was published in 2017 and isn’t the newest in the series.
In 2019, when Covid-19 closed libraries for most of 2020, Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Long Haul also topped the list of the most overdue books with 29 overdue copies in the city’s 104 libraries.
It appears that parents are primarily responsible for overdue books are, since the other most overdue books were 88 copies of fairy tales.
MMC for Community Cervix and Health Zahid Badroodien said the city’s libraries had a total of R859 million worth of collections City installed a book recognition system worth R5m for all libraries, which would detect anyone who tried to take a book without issuing it.
“We need to make sure these materials are available to our customers but often these are targets for thieves, and that is a loss we cannot afford.
“The high cost of books, especially textbooks, means they are prone to theft. The sustainability of the collections and the ability to make these resources available to patrons who are unable to acquire them is essential. This contract gives better control over the library materials borrowed by users, which minimizes potential loss while preserving and expanding the collections, “he said.
” Every year we encourage users to submit overdue items without fear a fine, and this year we’re excited to get so many outstanding items back. I would like to thank our patrons for making sure that the material can be shared again and that others enjoy it. ”
According to the city, 49,630 objects have been missing or stolen from libraries since 2018. These include 45,819 books, 1,962 DVDs and 1,712 music CDs.
“Library collections tell and give an insight into our history, convey the present and can help shape the future. We cannot allow unscrupulous thieves to run away with materials that bring knowledge, joy and creative possibilities to our customers, ”said Badroodien.