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Franschhoek Literary Festival

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The Franschhoek Literary Festival Library Fund Launches Its School Library Project

An integral objective of the Franschhoek Literary Festival has always been to encourage a love of reading through access to authors and books, not only for festival goers, but for the community of Franschhoek.

So it was with great pleasure that in October 2012 the FLF Library Fund was able to launch the School Library Project. Devised and managed by qualified librarian Margie Cunnama, this project aims to improve school libraries in the valley and supply them with exciting new leisure books to inspire regular reading.

As schools open for the new year, five Franschhoek Valley schools will have a range of new library books and library facilities, ready to be enjoyed by the learners. Each school will receive over 300 new titles for their libraries, with careful consideration given to the choice of books, focusing on stimulating, age-appropriate mother-tongue fiction to encourage reading for pleasure. Donations will be ongoing.

To improve library use, the FLF librarian will also spend one day a week in each of the primary school libraries so that classes are able to visit the library, take out new books and enjoy book-related activities, including story time.

The five schools benefiting from the project are:

  • Dalubuhle Primary, a Xhosa/English medium school in Groendal/Mooiwater
  • Groendal Primary, an Afrikaans medium school in Groendal
  • Wemmershoek Primary, an Afrikaans medium school at Wemmershoek, 10km out of town
  • Wes-Eind Primary, an Afrikaans medium school in Franschhoek
  • Franschhoek High School, an English/Afrikaans medium school in Franschhoek

The FLF Library Fund will be making similar donations to the Container Library in Groendal to extend access to books to more readers. This small children’s library was offered to the FLF in 2008 by the Exclusive Books Reading Trust almost fully stocked, and is staffed by the municipality.

In addition to the improvement of library facilities, the festival will once again be preceded by our Book Week for Young Readers, bringing over 50 children’s authors and illustrators to school classrooms throughout the valley. The Book Week will run from 13 – 16 May, with an Open Day for learners and students from outside the valley on Friday 17 May. (Learner/student tickets are R20 per event).

The programme for the Open Day for learners and students and the full FLF programme will be available in March – please visit


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