As a new part of our school and outreach program, Ntombi Sono and Innocentia Rantao, from our books and sales team, will expand their reach to primary schools to help build up their libraries and offer teachers early learning materials that they would not otherwise have access to.
This initiative reaffirms our reputation in the community as an organization which is invested in education. Sono and Rantao are building a network by interacting with parents and teachers at events like this which are vital to establishing such connections. The primary schools that took part in the Family Day included Aston Manor, Norkem Park, Edenglen, Edleen Primary, Kempton Park Primary and Umthambeka Primary. There was a jumping castle, food stalls and the DK book stand.
Sono and Rantao met parents and educators across the board, giving out business cards and introducing the DK Bookstore (and our activities) to them. The catalogues were available to peruse as well as some of our bestselling titles, such as, The Jafta Series (available in the official African languages), The Kachoo Series (perfect for early learning by means of rhyme schemes and engaging illustrations), God’s Dream (teaches tolerance), Chris van Wyk’s adaptation of Long Walk to Freedom and The Lula and Lebo Series (has a bi-lingual focus).
Every year, our team go to the Randfontein library to meet with librarians from surrounding municipalities, including Tlokwe Library, Mohlakeng Library and Randfontein. The aim of this is to reinforce our supportive role as a supplier to these facilities. The meeting is coordinated by Mhpo Sadike, from the Department of Social Development. This year the tender for the Randfontein supplier was awarded to Book Talk in Hyde Park.