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Making a big difference with Little Libraries

Little Libraries is a project started just over a year ago.

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"We started with wanting to help one school but the more we spoke about it, the more friends got involved, then schools, then corporates from overseas. Here we are, one year on, we have delivered 40 Little Libraries," said Camille Quine, founder of Little Libraries.

We all know what a library is but what is a little library?

It is a small wooden bookshelf that contains about 120-140 children's books.

It contains hard pages books so that children can learn to handle books in the beginning as well as brightly illustrated stories with short sentences that the caregivers can read to their audience and translate into Xhosa.

The Little Library sponsored by 567 CapeTalk's John Maytham The Little Library sponsored by 567 CapeTalk's John Maytham

When the Little Libraries are delivered, the creches are also given a carpet so the children can sit cosily whilst stories are being read to them.

Figuring out what story should to read. The Little Library funded by John Maytham. Figuring out what story should to read. The Little Library funded by John Maytham.

"We decided to give books after being told that children arrive at primary school not knowing how to handle the school books that they are given because they have never been exposed to books in their formative years. Just as sad, if not more, they arrive at primary school not knowing how to hold a pen and therefore their learning of writing is greatly affected," said Camille.

"Therefore, we have started also giving little 'clever cupboards' filled with stationery to the creches where we have an ongoing relationship. is so that their children can paint, draw and develop their fine motor skills since the cupboard also includes educational games such as beading, threading, etc.".

Involved in the project on a day-to-day basis is Camille and her husband.

Their friends are often on hand to help out.

The public can also get involved by donating children's books that Little Libraries would then redistribute.

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Alternatively, they can donate money towards creating Little Libraries, as done by 567 CapeTalk's John Maytham.

Little Libraries are operating under the umbrella of Stars in their Eyes which is a registered NPO.

They are therefore in a position to issue 18A tax deductible certificates for any monetary donation made.

To get in contact with Little Libraries and join them in making a big difference,
- Call Camille on 083 629 5858
- E-mail them on
- Like them on Facebook


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