HI All

As an avid reader I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve the reading opportunities in our communities.

When I was over in Brisbane last year my daughter drove me down to the local library with my 2 little granddaughters. They have a special section at the back of the library where kids can play quietly without disturbing Mom in her search for a special book. They even had an old rowing boat on the floor to stimulate the children’s imagination! There is, of course, a few computer screens dotted around the large room where you can search for books written by your favourite author giving details of which bookshelf (or Library) you can find them.

So, I decided to look into ways of emulating their high standards In our own Harare counterparts. Tim Johnson lives near Highlands Library and has spent an enormous amount of time, energy and money into improving the facilities offered there. There is still a long way to go, but I feel that, with the help of a few inspired local residents, there is no reason why this library could not become a more inclusive part of our community.  A place where you can stop over and have a coffee bumping into old friends and taking home a very readable novel or two.

One person could donate a large new carpet; another a few tins of paint; some modern lighting; a coffee machine (with ingredients).

If there was an organised committee, someone would know a friend of a friend who could redo  the shelving and so on. If you’re a bookworm of note, seeking out the latest “Bestsellers” at the local book shop every week or two starts to hit the pocket joining a well-maintained library is a much cheaper option. I’ve returned to Highlands Library several times over the past few months and been pleasantly surprised at the variety of books on offer. I generally take out 3 or 4 written by previously unknown authors believing that at least one will suit my tastes. I’m currently reading “Ordinary Thunderstorms” by William Boyd – great story about a bright climatologist who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time – ended up living on the streets of London whilst he looked for a way of returning to his old way of life.

It is a proven fact that those folks who put their hands up and find a way to serve their community are far happier than those that watch whilst others do so. Are you ready to volunteer to help make this library something special? If so then please send Tim an email


Read on… Mike G.


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