A library changed my life, and books can still change our world
Why libraries still matter and how township gangs teased me about reading
An encounter with a mobile township library as a nine-year old in 1979 in our informal settlement on the Cape Flats was a dramatic turning point for me. It transformed my life for good, forever.
Everything changed for me when I saw one of my friends, a few years older than me, leaving their shack with a plastic bag that appeared filled with books.
Being the school holidays, and there being therefore in my view no reason to carry books, I was perplexed. I asked him what on Earth he would being doing with books...