Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture


The city’s future leaders from Palm Campus in Benoni enjoyed a fun-filled story hour at the Benoni library on Friday, 26 January.

The boys and girls from Palm Campus were mesmerized as they attentively listened to Grade 12 learners from their school read books while dressed up as the characters of the books they were reading.   

Story-hour is amongst the many initiatives held at libraries across Ekurhuleni to encourage the culture of reading in communities. The initiative is tailored for children from early childhood development centres to pupils in high school.

“The reading hour becomes extra special when the reader dresses up as the book character because it enhances one’s imagination. The little ones engaged with the characters which are more likely to help develop a genuine love for reading,” said Petra Ramathe, the Control Librarian at Benoni Library.

Schools are encouraged to arrange visits to their nearest library, enjoy a tour around the facility, learn about library etiquette, and have an orientation on becoming a library member who can borrow books from the library.

The following books were read during the story hour:

  •  Snow White read by Amy Spiessens;

  •  Pinocchio read by Milton Gould;

  •  Princess and the frog read by Samanta Silaule; and

  •  Christopher Robin read by Dante Janse Van Vuuren.

Residents who would like to visit any of the city’s library for a fun-filled day at the library are encouraged to contact the city by e-mailing