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Calling all library patrons – no fines on overdue items for a week<p>During South African Library Week, patrons will be able to return all overdue library items without getting a fine. </p><p>Keeping an item that belongs to the library deprives others of accessing it. Should someone wish to extend the due date on a book or a movie, they can renew the item in person or by telephone. There are currently 96 000 library items that are overdue for more than two weeks while about 12 000 are overdue for two months.</p><p>This is not sustainable and librarians have to go to great lengths to try and retrieve material. The patron is sent an SMS and after that, the librarian will call several times to try and get material back.</p><p>South African Library Week is also about celebrating and highlighting library services across the country and the City’s Library and Information Services will have four area based integrated  programmes, including  libraries that will offer programmes for the week.  These programmes will take place from the 16 to 20 March and patrons are encouraged to liaise with their local libraries for details.</p><p>‘To read is to learn and thousands of patrons also read books to relax or to be informed. Visiting your local library is for most of us a wonderful experience. A lot of learners want to go to their library to read and gain knowledge or accessing information for a school project.  By returning your library item whether it is a book, DVD or magazine, you ensure that other patrons will also have the opportunity to make use of the service,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>The top 10 libraries with the most outstanding items are: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Central Library</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Bellville Library</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mobile Library</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Claremont Library</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Town Centre Library </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Weltevreden Library</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Rylands Library </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Somerset West Library</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Gugulethu Library</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Durbanville </div></li></ul><p>The top ten overdue items at libraries across the City of Cape Town are:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Jack and the Beanstalk</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Cinderella</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mathematical literacy Grade 12</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Dog days</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Geography Grade 12</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Business studies Grade 12</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Life sciences Grade 12</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Beauty and the beast</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Life sciences Grade 11</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The Third Wheel</div></li></ul><p>Previous Fine Free Weeks linked to major calendar events such as South African Library Week and National Book Week have proven to be effective in getting overdue library items back. A total of 32 224 items were returned last year. </p><p>Unfortunately, the total “lost” materials for the previous year was 45 537 items with a replacement value of over R4m.<br>The local library is an important knowledge centre in the community and patrons can play their part in assisting the City by returning books.<br>‘We would like to encourage residents who have books that are overdue to make use of this opportunity during South African Library Week. Reading is a wonderful experience that all residents should have access to and we need to ensure that books are returned so that other patrons also have an opportunity. Return your book,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-03-04T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1f61ec30-8889-4114-8411-a3ee8477bc1b;L0|#01f61ec30-8889-4114-8411-a3ee8477bc1b|Libraries;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#154736ab-5338-49eb-9408-f0f91e625bce;L0|#0154736ab-5338-49eb-9408-f0f91e625bce|Fine free week;GP0|#20f79d77-9003-40a3-ad75-807af3c01d2c;L0|#020f79d77-9003-40a3-ad75-807af3c01d2c|Reading1

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