South African Library for the Blind celebrates 100 Years of existence
Grahamstown, 29 March 2019 – The South African Library for the Blind (which is the only Library servicing blind persons in Southern Africa) celebrated 100 years in operation on Thursday, 28 March 2019.
The day kicked off with a book launch of the book titled South African Library for the Blind – A Dairy of the Library. The book is the library’s first internal publication and it seeks to commemorate and celebrate the history of the library since inception. The day culminated in a gala dinner being hosted in Makhanda to commemorate this milestone.
The library was founded during the height of the 1918 global Influenza pandemic by a local nurse, Josephine (Josie) Wood established a small library in a little room in her house in 1919.
“The growth since then has been tremendous. We currently have mini-libraries in each province to service the local communities, with our primary focus being on providing equal access to information in accessible formats that improves the quality of life of blind and visually impaired people, at absolutely no cost to the user. The library is an entity of the Department of Arts and Culture and