Quick summary from Paul Ayutoliya, FAVL-CESRUD coordinator:
Starting from the Sumbrungu librarian Mr. Apenore Timothy, he said the month wasa good one with lots of reading and fun games. He also spoke about the reading club and encouraged colleague librarians to consider also forming the reading clubs at their libraries. He noted that two of the fans that were developing problems. On attendance, the interesting reading activities in the library with videos shows and games contributed in the great number of patronages recorded. From Sherigu Community Library, Miss Cecelia Adombila reports that patronage of the library was very encouraging. She touched on the interesting library activities that kept patrons visiting all times, some of which were dancing with patrons, sharing poems and reading in group. At the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, the librarian, Mr. Wilfred Nyaaba also reports that attendance to the library for the month was good. He also mentioned cleanup exercise among others reading activities.
The librarians reviewed the library guide again emphasizing on the code of conduct and the role of each one of them while at work.They discussed the upcoming reading competition to be held in March.
The novel Daylight by Edem Kweku Nunya is a very interesting novel that will keep one flipping to the next page after each page. A novel that will drive one never to give up his or her dreams in life.
The people of Egoli village were not happy with the kind of life they were living. The Egoli village had been impoverished for far too long because they lack social amenities. The Chief and people of Egoli village received news that some Whites Missionaries from the Atlantic Ocean will be visiting their village to bring development. They received the news with great joy. The only school that existed was found in another village called Akpoipoi which was about 40 kilometers away, and only the rich were able to enroll their wards in such a distant school. The White Missionaries finally arrived in the village one day to a rousing welcome by the Chief and people, they drummed and danced in welcoming their august guests to the village square. Their (the Missionaries) message of development and civilization was well received by the Chief and his people. The village folks and their chief were happy that sooner than later their village will no more experience the extreme poverty, hunger, diseases and wars that have led to lost of many lives. A few years later, the missionaries established a church, school and health centers, these amenities served as hope to everyone in Egoli.
Many of the village folks were encouraged to enroll their wards in the children school programme, many parents agreed and send their children to the school except Emefa’s family. Emefa was a little girl who had passion to be enroll into the school but the father Kli Akpabio vehemently opposed it, saying they have their own beliefs and that all his children would follow those landmarks. Emefa’s father was preparing her to become a priestess after her grandmother in the village. At long last, Emefa was enrolled into the school and she did brilliantly well in all the subject. She would many of the reading competition and other contest. Emefa after graduating from school wrote a very encouraging story about her experience when she was sent to the village to stay with her grandmother to learn the basics priestess roles, which in a way was to prepare her to succeed her grandmother after her death. Her story was to encourage all especially the young children never to give up in life on whatever dreams and aspirations they have.
The novel was an interesting one and I liked it. I have asked the librarians to also read the story and let me have their thoughts on it. The story was very easy to understand, it was not that difficult getting the point or idea of the novel.
Patronage to the three community libraries continued to be very great and encouraging with lots of reading activities and others for the month of February 2020. At the Sumbrungu Community Library, attendance to the library for the month was very encouraging and good. Patrons from far and near maximized their visit to the library and read different kinds of story books in the library, notes written from schools, and also played different kinds of games among others. Among the story books read were; The Baobab Tree of Salaga by Hiro Yoneyama, City Sounds by Kathy Knowles, the Fati series, the Cat and Dog series, Jafta’s Mother, The Bush Rangers, Awkward Annie, and many others.
A little about the story of the Baobab Tree of Salaga I read. The story was about the excruciating pain and agony that characterized the slave trade era. It gives an account on how the people (slaves) were captured and taken to Salaga a town in the Northern Region and chained to metal pegs that were stuck on the trunk of a giant Baobab Tree which was located in the heart of the Salaga town whiles waiting for traders to come and buy. Some of the slaves died in the process because they could not withstand the torture. The Baobab Tree up to date is still there with the metal pegs on it’s body (trunk) and now serve as tourist attraction to visitors today. Never again should this be allowed in any part of the world. But there are still rumors of these inhumane practices (slavery) still go on some places in Africa and perhaps elsewhere. It is my hope that these practices when found to still persist should be quickly brought to an end. It is just unimaginable!
At the Sherigu Community Library, patronage to the library was very good. The activities that characterized the month in the library were group reading of story books, individual reading, interesting games among others. The librarian has been doing a great job there by organizing a number of reading programs every week with the support of some teachers from St. Peter and Paul Academy school. The day time was normally well attended by students and pupils of the surroundings schools. During the night time, young adults from far away place including the Sherigu Senior High school which is about 4 kilometres visit the library and read story books and notes taken from school.
At the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, patronage were also encouraging. Students from the Kunkua Primary and Junior High school were the regular visitors to the library during the day time. Students and pupils from distant schools visit the library mostly at the night time. I read with students in this library the story of the Teen Princess by Diana B. Mc Bagonluri. The student were challenged by the little girls story, how she defied poverty and rose to greatest height of becoming the Crown Teen Princess despite her poor background. Some students who were part of the reading said if she could achieved that from a poor background with a single parent (her mother was a single parent) they should be able to do more. I visited the Kunkua Primary and Junior High School with the librarian there and engaged with pupils and students on the need for all to visit the community library and read.
L’animateur de la Bibliothèque mobile Pénélope a effectué pendant la période du 10 au 15 février 2020, des activités d’animations avec les élèves du primaire dans les écoles de la commune de Houndé. Ces activités qui sont entre autres des séances de dessins et de lecture guidée ont animée les journées de sorties de la bibliothèque mobile. Quelques élèves ont eu l’opportunité de s’exercer en dessins et de faire la lecture avec l’encadrement de l’animateur de la BMP.
Dans le cadre de la promotion de la lecture au profits des populations Burkinabé, la bibliothèque de l’ambassade des Etats-Unis au Burkina Faso et amis des bibliothèques de villages africains/FAVL, entretiennent de bonnes relations de partenariat. En fin 2018 et dans le premier semestre de l’année 2019, les deux partenaires ont initié dans 8 bibliothèques communautaires soutenues par FAVL, la deuxième et la troisième édition du programme de lecture « Leaders are readers ». Un programme de lecture qui consiste à encourager les élèves du premier et second cycle des lycées et collèges à fréquenter les bibliothèques et à lire. Dans ce sens que le 14 février dernier, les responsables de la bibliothèque de l’ambassade des Etats-Unis et le représentant national de FAVL se retrouvés pour faire un bilan des activités des activités. Les participants ont trouvé le bilan du programme très satisfaisant et ont souhaité qu’une évaluation soit faite pour voir l’impact dudit programme. Pour encourager FAVL dans sa mission de promotion de la lecture à travers sa nouvelle initiative dénommée bibliothèque mobile Pénélope dans la commune de Houndé, la bibliothèque de l’ambassade des USA a fait un don de 80 livres tous de la littérature pour enfants.
At the Sumbrungu Community Library, students and pupils from far and near have been the most frequent visitors especially during the night time. They visited the library in their good numbers, read notes written from schools, story books in the library and had fun watching movies and playing games. The library is indeed becoming a serene home to many more students and pupils. We have form a young adults reading club in the library, we agreed to read and discuss each story book every Friday in the evening time. So this week’s reading starts today! Sherigu Community Library also recorded good patronage with lots of interesting reading and other activities which brought more patrons. The librarian there has been do a great job by organizing lots of reading activities with support from some teachers of St. Peter and Paul Academy. I met with some patrons last week in the library during the night time. I encourage them to visit the library at all times and make good use of the books. At Gowrie-Kunkua community library, patronage have also been good with interesting library activities.
Thursday, February 6, was the last full day of the Kitengesa Community Library’s 2020 Youth Health Camp. The participants were 20 students (10 girls and 10 boys) who were just beginning their second year at secondary school. They had spent eight days learning about health issues, especially about nutrition, HIV-AIDS, and the most common cancers in Uganda. This being the last day, they were reviewing some of the material, and when I arrived the head librarian and the visiting health professional were fielding questions about dangerous practices such as smoking. Why do policemen smoke, a student asked, if they know it is not good for them? This led to a discussion of the attractions of smoking and the dangers of addiction.
Then each student was asked to name a topic they were going to research and make a presentation on the next day. The most popular topic was “balanced diet”, with several saying they would concentrate on particular vegetables (carrot, cabbage, or dodo, which is a local kind of spinach. Others chose to work on HIV-AIDS, and one said he would research Uganda’s three most common cancers. A few made trial presentations, and then they all spent the hour before lunch working on their projects.
After lunch the group followed the usual routine in discussing the meal they had just eaten and identifying the nutritional properties of each item. Then they went back to their research, a few on computers (even though the library has only two working ones), a few on smart phones (again, there were only two), and several reading books. Most worked in groups, and all were busy making notes. The librarians told me that the students’ ability to get information from written text has noticeably improved, and they commented on how important it was to have ten days for the camp rather than six, as they had last year.
So now we are looking for funds to support future camps—we would like to have one for older students about environmental concerns—and also to buy computers for the students to do their research. What the librarians have done this year is excellent, but it could be so much better with more equipment!
L’animateur de la bibliothèque mobile Pénélope (BMP) Guienda Yacouba dans le but d’inciter d’avantage les élèves à la lecture, a animé pendant la période du 27 janvier au 1er février 2020 des activités d’animations au sein des écoles C, D, E, F, Lokihoun, Saint Thérèse de Jésus et l’école A de Houndé. Parmi ces activités menées, nous pouvons citer : les séances de dessins, des sensibilisations sur l’importance de la lecture, le lavage des mains et surtout un accent particulier a été mis sur l’entretien des livres. L’animateur a invité les élèves à l’ordre pour faire de ces livres un bon usage.
Per the librarians account, January 2020 began on a very good note with good patronages to the respective community libraries. The first week of resuming work from the festive celebration, was mostly used for major cleanup exercises to keep the libraries and its surroundings cleaned. At the Sumbrungu Community Library, attendance was very good. This was as a result of the reopening of the basic schools and some students who were preparing towards their ‘West African Certificate Examination’ among others. At Sherigu Community Library, the story is almost the same. The librarian during the month read a novel titled “The Red Heifer” by Peggy Oppong. She said, the story is an interesting and impacting to any reader that had the privilege to read it. The novel according to her talks about how Nathan and Keilah’s wonderful marriage ends when he [Nathan] loses his well paid job and a whole lot of others things. At the Gowrie-Kunkua Library, the story of patronage and libraries activities are also almost the same. The librarian and the entire community were very happy and thankful for the renovations works that took place in the library. They expressed their sincere appreciations and thanks to FAVL for the tremendous support given to their library.