October update on three community libraries in Upper East, Ghana run by CESRUD with support from FAVL

From Paul Ayutoliya:

The month begun well with a great number of patrons visiting and making good use of the respective three community libraries. Both the day time patronage and the night time patronage so far has been fantastic with a number of exciting reading activities. I also paid visits to some schools. On Monday the 4th of October at the Sumbrungu Library, I read the story of Mumaizu and the Hippos among others with some pupils of St. Charles Lwanga Primary School. This story book is one of the children favorite books. According to some pupils, they like the pictorial illustrations that is in the book. Students and pupils from the surrounding schools also visited the library and read different kinds of story books on individual basis and also in groups with colleagues. The librarian also read some story books with students.

In the evening session the library also recorded a great number of young adults visiting the library, especially the year threes Junior High school students who are just left with barely a month before the start of their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). To most of them the library is considered the most serene environment for learning.

From the Sherigu community library, patronage to the library was very good. On the 5th of October, I visited the library for supervision and monitoring. I took the opportunity and read with pupils of St. Peter and Paul Academy school two story books. The Pot of Wisdom, Ananse Stories and Kente for a King. According to the librarian, Miss Cecilia the evening time period was also very encouraging.

On 6th October, I visited the Gowrie-kunkua library. Library patronage was also quite good. I visited the Gowrie-kunkua Junior High School with the librarian and met with teachers and students of the school. I called on the teachers to continue to encourage the students to always visit the community library. I also met with all the students and spoke to them on the importance of reading and the need for each one of them to visit the library and read at all times.

I also visited some of the schools libraries to see how those libraries were doing. At Dazongo JHS and Primary School libraries, interacting with pupils actually shows that some were patronizing the books. Some other pupils and students I was told do borrow books of their interest home to read and return them at the agreed date. So by way of conclusion, the three community libraries so far has been doing great. On behalf of CESRUD, we are ever grateful to FAVL our main donor for the enormous support over the years, our appreciation also goes to Biblionef Ghana for also supporting all basic schools in Sumbrungu and some schools in Nyariga with School libraries. Big ups to all those who are also supporting reading in one way or the other all over.