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City librarians read up a storm in annual competition<p>City of Cape Town librarians from across the metropole went head to head today, 21 April 2017, in the annual Amaboekies reading competition, representing their respective areas in a quiz about the books they have read. </p><p>The event has become a highlight on the annual library calendar and tests the librarians’ reading prowess and memory skills. This year Amaboekies formed part of the celebrations for World Book Day on Sunday 23 April 2017.</p><p>‘A librarian’s job is about so much more than just helping to locate a book on a shelf. They also help to create and develop readers by encouraging a love for the written word. They support struggling readers and initiate programmes to market our library services. Patrons expect librarians to have a vast knowledge about the different genres, authors and even the content of books. In short, our librarians rock at reading and books,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Amaboekies was held at the Bellville South Civic Centre and this year the programme included experienced spoken word artists from Khayelitsha, as well as an interview with a local debut novelist, Qarnita Loxton, whose book ‘Finding Kari’ will be released in May 2017. </p><p>Another feature on the programme was the youth marimba band, iThemba Labantu, comprised of a group of talented teenagers from Philippi. </p><p>This year the team from Area A, which includes the Central, Hout Bay, Mamre, Fisantekraal and Camps Bay libraries, walked away as the winning team, while the team from Area B (Masakhane, Kuyasa, Macassar and Harare libraries) lost out by a page or two.</p><p>‘This event aims to encourage our librarians to continue being reading champions and cements their role as ambassadors of the written word,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:850px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>      City librarians read up a storm in annual competition</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1173px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>      City librarians read up a storm in annual competition</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>    City librarians read up a storm in annual competition</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span><p> </p><p> </p>​​</span>2017-04-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba;L0|#0e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba|Community news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City newsGP0|#2c600120-f64e-48e2-b077-11a8cf3f3e30;L0|#02c600120-f64e-48e2-b077-11a8cf3f3e30|library;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#6dccf682-b454-42e1-94cf-b76af306a43b;L0|#06dccf682-b454-42e1-94cf-b76af306a43b|competition;GP0|#686b8821-535b-4ece-86a8-01501b9f3d5b;L0|#0686b8821-535b-4ece-86a8-01501b9f3d5b|Books1

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