Mel and Anelka’s library

30th January 2019 | Blog

School friends Mel, 13 and Anelka, 12, regularly visit their Children’s Corner at Nketa Library on the outskirts of Bulawayo. Here they tell us about their Children’s Corner and their favourite books to read:


Nketa Children's Corner


What’s your Children’s Corner like?

Mel: It’s very quiet, clean. There’s fun books, we can take adventures.

Both: We come here when we get dismissed from school. About twice a week.

Anelka: In the library they can borrow us books to take home too.

Mel: Yes, so we can continue with our fun stories! We also study books because we are going to write the end of year examinations.

How do books help you with your exams?

Anelka: They help us with our English

Mel: Yes, English –  good language, you can write good letters and compositions…

Anekla: Good spelling.

Mel: And punctuation.

Mel and Desire
Mel and another library friend share a book together

What is your favourite thing to do when you visit the Children’s Corner?

Anelka: Drawing! And writing some notes.

Mel: Same: Drawing, writing some notes, reading comic books and novels.

What are your favourite books to read?

Anelka: There are many! … Story books

Mel: And fantasies.

And what would you both like to be when you grow up?

Mel: Mechanical engineer

Anelka: A pilot

Both: Books will help us get there because they teach us about electronics and stuff.


We would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery who funded the creation of Nketa Library’s Children’s Corner and filled it with brand new books for children like Mel and Anelka to enjoy.

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