South Africa celebrates National Library Week during 14 – 21 March 2015 with the theme “Connect @ your library”. The official launch takes place in Cape Town on 13 March at Centre for the book.
Is it not beautiful how certain things in life just seamlessly connect and knit people of diverse walks of life together, things like books, libraries and the love of reading. I am a firm library advocate and with this post I want to emphasize again to our youth in general and to our young athletes, the importance of being a reading generation of young people.
Do not get so overwhelmed in your compulsory school / university reading, or sports activities that quiet reading time is neglected. I am not sure if libraries are still considered “cool” among our youth, but I dare you, go to your local library and start a trend of being cool at your library!
Why not treat yourself and find libraries in your communities to visit and use the visit to connect with peers your age, your broader community and much more. I take particular pride our National Library of South Africa in Pretoria. A true beauty to behold, inspiring, a feast for the eye, a hub of wonderful paper and electronic information, a caring group of people and a real sense of “Connect @ your library”.
Young athletes – keep reading, keep studying, enlarge your horizons, broaden your experiences, get motivated, get educated, and fuel your dreams.
Image courtesy of The Library and Information Association of South Africa – www.liasa.org