celebrating 95 years of service to the sight impaired
There’s at least two good reasons to celebrate in 2014.
Number one for the country is that our democracy is 20 years young in 2014.
At the same time the South African Library for the Blind turns 95 this year. It is a remarkable milestone for the only library of its type on the African Continent.
The library was founded by Ms Josie Wood in 1919. What started as a collection of 100 braille books has now turned into a national library.
As warm-up for our centenary celebrations we have a number of events planned for the year.
- Unveiling of the 1919 commemorative plaque – 23 January 2014
- Exhibition at the South African Book Fair in Cape Town – 13 – 15 June 2014
- Participation in the Grahamstown National Arts Festival 03- 13 July 2014
- Showcasing the Library for the Blind at the Library Association of South Africa (LIASA) pre-conference workshop and exhibition – 06-10 October 2014
In addition we will be having various smaller community based functions such as an “Ice a Cupcake day” for children from local schools and a “Knit-a-Blanket” for the local old age homes.
Please feel free to form part of all our activities and join in the fun to commemorate this special
Watch this space for regular updates and photos of 95th Anniversary events.