From Paul Ayutoliya
The community libraries in Ghana were officially opened to the public on the 12th of January 2021. Attendance was low the first week but greatly increased the second week with lots of group reading, individual reading, and playing of some fun games. At the Sumbrungu Community Library, we read the story of Kente for a King by Angela Christian and retold by Kathy Knowles. Pupils and students having to stay away from books and learning for close to a year seriously affected the reading ability of many. But the good news is that the libraries are back and running offering everyone the opportunity to pick up a book of their choice and read. We are impressed with the patronage of the Sumbrungu community library so far. At Sherigu community library, the story of patronage was the same. Attendance increased in the second week as a result of some interesting reading activities held by the librarian Miss Cecilia Adombila. She read the Fati series by Kathy Knowles among other storybooks. At the Gowrie Kunkua community library attendance is low as patrons are waiting for the renovation works to be completed. Once renovations are complete and books are moved back in, we expect attendance to increase as usual! In conclusion, the respective community libraries are recording some significant increases in the number of patrons visiting the libraries! We are hopeful of more attendance and good use of the library books moving forward.