By Mutsa Sibanda
St George’s College library monitors had a day to remember recently when they played host to the Arundel School Library Club in a first-time exchange programme that has been described as a wonderful learning experience for both parties.
The literary interface took place on July 31 in the Father Crehan Library which holds large volumes that include a selection of mind-blowing novels and a vast collection of old books that are on display.
Not surprisingly, the Arundel girls fell for works such as those from famous romance authors Jane Austen and R.L Stine.
“We found out that though they used the same system of organization (the Dewey Decimal System) in their library, they also separated their books by form, realizing that certain content may be inappropriate for younger pupils,” said C. Mapundu, a library monitor at St George’s, commenting on the interaction between the boys and girls institutions.
“Moreover, their library is divided into sections which range according to purpose; they have a fiction section that has bean bags and blankets for readers to enjoy and make use of, then they have the formal library where the diligent student can read ‘Accounts for Dummies’ in a serene environment,” he quipped.
But Mapundu, a Sixth Former, said besides these differences, the library system at the two schools was somewhat similar.
“Nothing else strikes the mind other than the fact that they – obviously – have a larger ladies section. The Arundel girls were very impressed with our library, both the size of the collection and the variety of books available,” he said.
The idea of blankets in a library though tickled the St George’s boys.
‘Who knows, this exchange of information may someday stir change in our own library. Maybe one day our cubicles could have blankets for seniors for use in their free periods!” said Mapundu, obligingly.
An Arundel School prefect concurred that the visit was fruitful.
“Going to new places and learning new things is always a refreshing experience. We had an opportunity how other library systems operate and see what we can incorporate in our own, while also sharing with them our own wonderful system at Arundel,” she said.