I had the pleasure of recently interviewing Siphesihle Zita, a Grade 9 boy, a Cawse library resident, a book lover. “Ma’am, I love the library, it is my place of peace”, he informed me one afternoon. Siphe is one of those boys who treasure books and is often seen between the shelves of the Cawse library seeking a place to enrich his imagination. He recalls with ease his favourite quote during our interview: “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are” – Mason Cooley.
Siphe’s love of reading was influenced by an early experience in his preschool years when he remembered the sheer joy and excitement he experienced when he
was the first one in his class to learn how to read. This gave him the desire and courage to continue to improve his reading skills. His love of reading continued to grow throughout his Junior School years. He remembers the positive experiences of reading out loud in Grade 4, and this developed into his discovery of the magic of stories in books. He himself is a born storyteller through and through and is known among his friends as ‘the storyteller’, he recalls. He loves listening to or telling all kind of story.
He is also a fan of the Arts because through the medium of film, the theater music, literature or painting, people tell their individual stories. When asked if he thinks there is any link between reading and academic abilities, ‘Reading has helped me with creative writing, it improves vocabulary as it paints a vivid picture in my mind,’ he said. Siphe was also quick to add that in the journey of reading you discover many different genres, and descriptive writing, for example, can help with one’s own creative writing.
Siphe is convinced that The Cawse Library is the place to be. His favourite spaces in the library are the Seminar rooms. He loves the openness of the rooms, and the natural light that the space provides. He feels safe during this time of Covid-19 and this space provides him with a place to escape too. He loves going to the library after school and appreciates the flexible opening hours of the library. The library is his favourite place where he goes to think about life until sunset.
Siphe is currently reading one of the Cherub Series called “The Fall”. The main character in the book is an orphan boy called James, and together with his sister is taken into secret organization and trained to become a spy. He takes down the bad guys and helps the police to save the world! CHERUB agents have one crucial advantage that adults never suspect that children are spying on them. Siphe’s book review can be found on the Cawse Library website book reviews. Siphe is comfortable reading in our digital platform, Overdrive or Sora but he prefers physical books.
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