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The City of Johannesburg has put together an exciting festive season programme to keep children busy at its libraries during the holiday period.

The libraries will close on Christmas Eve and reopen on Monday January 5.

The City has a total of 87 libraries, which are run by the Department of Community Development.

Regular users of the libraries include pupils and university students and general members of the community. Many of the libraries have reading clubs.

During the year, the libraries are open from Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.

The library holiday programme – which includes activities ranging from the singing of Christmas carols to arts and crafts lessons and from making Christmas cards to taking photographs with Father Christmas – caters for children of all age groups.

It starts on Wednesday December 17 and runs until January 7, a week before schools reopen for the new academic year.

Some of the City’s municipal-owned entities and external stakeholders such as the South African Police Service (SAPS), the Gauteng Department of Social Development and Rand Water will join in to make the children’s library holiday programme even more exciting, informative and educational.

For example, the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo staff will visit the Diepsloot Library to teach children about animals.

The City’s Emergency Management Services and the SAPS will facilitate a fire and road safety programme for children at the Diepsloot Library, while Rand Water teams will stage a puppet show to teach children about the importance of water conservation.

Some of the highlights of the programme include taking pictures with Father Christmas at Weltevreden Park Library on Thursday December 18 and at Eldorado Park Extension 5 Library on Wednesday December 23.

At the Jabavu Library in Soweto, Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, will tell a story and teach the children how to write their own stories.

Outdoor events will include a picnic with Father Christmas at the Weltevreden Park Library on Thursday December 18 and a mini soccer tournament at the Extension 2 Library on Friday December 19.

The Poortje Library in Orange Farm will screen a movie for the enjoyment of local children on Friday December 19. On January 7 it will be the turn of Leratong Village children to watch a movie – The Ninja Turtles.

Below is the full library holiday programme.

Library
 Date
 Activity
 Time
 Age
 
Alexandra 3rd Ave Library
 17 Dec
 Enjoy outdoor fun activities
 10:00-13:00
 9-15 yrs
 
Bramfischerville Library
 18 Dec
 Listen to Christmas stories
 10:00-13:00
 5-14 yrs
 
Brixton Library
 17 Dec
 Listen to stories, play various fun games, participate in a colouring-in competition and make Christmas crackers
 11:00-13:00
 5-12 yrs
 
Cosmo City Library
 18 Dec
 Celebrate Christmas with fun crafts such as making Christmas cards
 10:00-12:00
 5-12 yrs
 
Diepkloof Zone 1 Library
 17

Dec
 Colour Christmas pictures
 10:30-

12:00
 3-7 yrs
 
Diepsloot Library
 17 Dec
 The Johannesburg Zoo will visit the library to teach children about animals and for children to touch and feel animals and reptiles
 10:00-12:00
 All
Diepsloot Library
 18 Dec
 The City’s Emergency Management Services and Police Department will facilitated a programme teaching children about Fire and Road safety
 10:00-12:00
 6-16  yrs
 
Diepsloot Library
 19 Dec
 The Rand Water Water-Wise team will visit the library with a puppet show and fun activities teaching children about water conservation
 10:00-12:00
 3- 5  yrs
 
Eldorado Ext 2 Library 
 18 Dec
 Play mini soccer
 10:00-12:00
 6-12 yrs
 
Eldorado Ext 2 Library  
 23 Dec
 Make Christmas cards
 10:00-12:00
 6-12 yrs
 
Eldorado Ext 2 Library 
 06 Jan
 Listen to stories about animals and draw and colour them
 10:00-12:00
 6-12 yrs
 
Eldorado Ext 5 Library 
 17 Dec
 Listen to a Christmas story, sing Christmas carols, make Christmas cards and parents can take photos of their little ones with father Christmas.
 10:00-

12:00
 3–12 yrs
 
Eldorado Ext 5 Library 
 18 Dec
 Listen to a Christmas story, sing Christmas carols, make Christmas cards and parents can take photos of their little ones with father Christmas.
 10:00-

12:00
 3–12 yrs
 
Eldorado Ext 5 Library 
 19 Dec
 Listen to a Christmas story, sing Christmas carols, make Christmas cards and parents can take photos of their little ones with father Christmas.
 10:00-

12:00
 3–12 yrs
 
Eldorado Ext 5 Library 
 22 Dec
 Listen to a Christmas story, sing Christmas carols, make Christmas cards and parents can take photos of their little ones with father Christmas.
 10:00-

12:00
 3-12 yrs
 
Eldorado Ext 5 Library 
 23 Dec
 Listen to a Christmas story, sing Christmas carols, make Christmas cards and parents can take photos of their little ones with father Christmas.
 10:00-

12:00
 3-12 yrs
 
Emmarentia Library
 17 Dec
 Listen to stories, colour in pictures and do art and crafts
 13:30-14:30
 3-12 yrs
 
Jabavu Library   

        
 18 Dec
 listen to a story told by Nalibali and act out the story
 10:00-11:00
 5-9 yrs
 
Jabavu Library  
 22 Dec
 Nalibali will teach children how to write stories
 10:00-11:00
 5-9 yrs
 
Johannesburg City Library 
 18 Dec
 Celebrate Christmas with Libraries and the Gauteng Department of Social Development – make angels and listen to stories
 10:00-12:00
 4-12

yrs
 
Lenasia Ext 1 Library 
 17

Dec
 Christmas story time and fun activities
 11:00-

13:00
 3 -13 yrs
 
Lenasia Ext 1 Library 
 18

Dec
 Christmas story time and fun activities
 11:00-

13:00
 3 -13 yrs
 
Lenasia Ext 3 Library 
 17

Dec
 Puppet show and various interactive games and creative activities
 10:30-

12:00
 3-13 yrs
 
Lenasia Ext 3 Library 
 18

Dec
 Puppet show and various interactive games and creative activities
 10:30-

12:00
 3-13 yrs
 
Leratong Village
 7 Jan
 Watch the movie “The Ninja Turtles”
 10:00-12:30
 5-14 yrs
 
Linden Library

 
 17 Dec
 Learn about various Christmas festivals and celebrations from countries all over the world. Every day different countries will be visited, and children will create a travel portfolio of all these countries. Book your place
 15:00-16:30
 5-11 yrs
 
Linden Library
 22 Dec
 Learn about various Christmas festivals and celebrations from countries all over the world. Every day different countries will be visited, and children will create a travel portfolio of all these countries. Book your place
 15:00-16:30
 5-11 yrs
 
Linden Library

 
 7 Jan
 Learn about various Christmas festivals and celebrations from countries all over the world. Every day different countries will be visited, and children will create a travel portfolio of all these countries. Book your place
 15:00-16:30
 5-11 yrs
 
Meadowlands Library            
 18 Dec
 Sing Christmas songs
 10:30-12:00
 6-12 yrs
 
Melville Library
 18 Dec
 Listen to Christmas and get your face painted
 10:00-11:30
 6-11 yrs
 
Mofolo Library 
 18 Dec
 Christmas singing competition and make Christmas cards
 10:30-11:30
 6-13 yrs
 
Noordgesig Library         
 18

Dec
 Make Christmas cards
 10:00-11:30
 3-10 yrs
 
Olivedale Library
 19 Dec
 Listen to Christmas stories and help decorate a Father Christmas
 10:00-11:00
 2-6

yrs
 
Orlando East Library             
 17 Dec
 Do creative Christmas activities
 10:00-12:00
 6-10 yrs
 
Poortjie Library
 18 Dec
 Christmas story time and acting out of the story         
 10:00-

11:30
 6-12 yrs
 
Poortjie Library
 19 Dec
 Watch movies
 10:00-

12:00
 6-13 yrs
 
Randburg Library
 18 Dec
 Listen to the story of Christmas, make Christmas cards and sing Christmas carols
 14:30-16:00
 3-12 yrs
 
Rhodes Park Library       
 17 Dec
 Listen to stories about Christmas, make Christmas cards, and decorate the library
 10:00-12:00
 3-10 yrs
 
River Park Library
 5 Jan
 Join in the fun and get your face painted
 11:00- 12:00
 2-12 yrs
 
River Park Library
 7 Jan
 Listen to “The New Year” and make a calendar
 15:00-16:00
 3-10 yrs
 
Roodepoort Library
 17 Dec
 Make Christmas cards
 10:00-12:30
 6-16 yrs
 
Rosebank Library
 17 Dec
 Listen to stories, and draw and paint pictures
 10:00-12:00
 6-12 yrs
 
Rosebank Library
 18 Dec
 Listen to stories, and draw and paint pictures
 10:00-12:00
 6-12 yrs
 
Tshiawelo Library
 18 Dec
 Make Christmas cards
 10:00-11:00
 7-13 yrs
 
Weltevreden Park Library
 17 Dec
 Play games and do  Christmas craft activity
 10:00-12:00
 3-13 yrs
 
Weltevreden Park Library
 18 Dec
 Have a picnic with Father Christmas
 10:00-12:00
 3-13

yrs
 

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