The month began well with all the three community libraries recording very encouraging attendance. The basic pupils are preparing for their end of third term examinations. So this first and second week of July mostly is used for revisions towards the examinations which starts next week. Most pupils troop into the respective three community libraries both day and night for revisions. Others despite the revisions read other story books in the libraries. Touring around the Community Libraries for supervision and monitoring, I am encouraged by the way the basic pupils and others senior high students patronized the libraries.
At the Sumbrungu Community Library, patronage for the month so far has been great. Pupils from St. Charles Lwanga, Kulbia Primary school are the frequent users of the Library during the daily sessions, they do come and read story books on individual basis and sometimes in groups. Game days are fun, those children that don’t usually visit the library always don’t miss Fridays because of the games and movies which usually characterized the day. The young adults do visit the library in their good numbers during the evening sessions. They help each other from different schools in working on assignments given to them from schools, answer riddles, read story books and share interesting storytelling periods. I visited the library the whole this week in the evenings and read with patrons several story books. The number of patrons keep increasing each day, the librarian for the evening Mr. Timothy have been doing a great job by keeping the library running well.
At the Sherigu Community Library, I have regularly visit the library also for supervision and monitoring. I held a number of story readings in groups with pupils of St. Peter and Paul Academy School both in the library and at their respective class rooms. Their teachers are doing a good job by taking their class pupils to library once in every week and reading with them. Fridays are also for their fun indoor games. The Librarian Miss Cecilia Adombila have been doing a good job by also keeping the library in a very tidy state all the time. Sowing of torn books and mending works are some of her daily works.
From Gowrie-Kunkua, attendance to the library there is also good. Pupils from the Kunkua Primary and JHS are most users of the library. The daily sessions are well patronized by children, young adults usually will come for the evening sessions of operating. I have been regular to the library for monitoring purposes. The librarian is doing a good job by being at post all the time and helping the children sometimes to read in groups.
Overall, the CESRUD/FAVL Ghana community libraries are running quite well. More people are getting use to reading at the respective community libraries.
I have also been touring the surrounding schools to see how their mini-libraries provided by Biblionef are functioning. Some school libraries are doing quite better than other. More monitoring is needed in some of the schools Libraries to make them work or function effectively. Part of the schools visits was to inform of this year’s vacation reading classes that will be starting a week after their vacation.