It was all books and smiles when Harare City Library donated large quantity of old and new books to Writers International Network Zimbabwe, a local young writers' association, which in turn forwarded the books to six of its school young writers clubs in Epworth.
The books were donated on Friday that were received at the HCL by the writers' club patrons from the schools which so far fall under the writers' association's outreach programme in Epworth. However, WIN-Zim extended its hand outside Epworth to its long-time club at Glen View 2 High which it invited to receive its share of the donation.
Speaking about the donation, HCL Assistant Librarian Takwana Masunda said WIN-Zim is doing a wonderful job in assisting poor sections of society and therefore deserve support.
"Entities like WIN that assist the poor sections of society deserve all the support they can get. As HCL, we gave WIN some books for use in their programmes," said Masunda.
University of Zimbabwe lecturer and WIN-Zimbabwe Advisory Board chairperson Josephine Muganiwa thanked the HCL for remembering the young readers in the high-density locations where reading resources are hardly available.
"I would like to thank the Harare City Library for their generosity and acknowledging the work we are doing as a young writers' organization. The books, especially the textbooks, will help the disadvantaged students in Epworth schools," she said.
Epworth is one of the locations within Harare which needs resources such as libraries, bookshops or cultural centre to capture and nurture the creative talent in the private and government schools and colleges and the whole community.
The six schools which received the books are Chizungu Primary School, Domboramwari High School, Bilaal College, Sunrise Junior School, Glen View 2 High School, and Muguta Secondary School. In addition to the many old and general books, each secondary school received twenty textbooks covering subjects such as Geography, History, Mathematics, Shona and English.
Founded in 2010, Writers International Network Zimbabwe is a NAMA-award winning association of new and intermediate writers. Its main objective is to encourage a reading culture and mentor writers through skills training workshops and various literary programmes, right from the moment they conceive an idea or ideas about what they wish to write, through the writing stage to the final publishing stage. Membership is open to any Zimbabwean citizen.