February update from Ghana libraries

Paul Ayuretoliya writes: The month of February began well with good attendance being recorded at the community libraries. There has been a noted increase in attendance compared to January. Sumbrungu Community Library as visited multiple times by students and teachers from the St. Charles Lwanga JHS, as well as by students from the Bolgatanga Technical University. Sherigu Community Library was patronized by students from St. Peter Academy, and the librarian Miss Cecilia Adombilla performed an admirable task in repairing many well-read library books. Renovations continue progressing at Gowrie-Kukua Community Library, with the plastering task well underway. As a result, attendance is still rather low at Gowrie-Kunkua for the time being.

From Uganda, Bugolobi library update

Bugolobi library in Uganda was operating normally in 2020 until the pandemic hit in March. A lockdown was announced and remained in place until June. The library remained closed for the duration of the lockdown. Children were prohibited from the library due to difficulties in enforcing the health and safety measures, but teenagers and adults had access. The library was closed again in October due to the public atmosphere but had become fully operational by January 2021 with health measures fully in place. The librarian faced many challenges, particularly in the difficulty of traveling, but has persevered and made headway in reorganizing the library and adopting good hygiene practices.

Updates from CESRUD/FAVL librarian meeting

From Paul Ayutoliya: The CESRUD/FAVL Ghana staff and librarians end of month meeting was held at the Sumbrungu Community Library the 29th of January 2021. We thank all of our librarians for attending and doing an excellent job in keeping their libraries operational. Sumbrungu Community Librarian Asanga Joseph started the meeting with the impressive patronage of the library and touched on the various activities that occurred. Sherigu Community Librarian Miss Cecilia Adombila also commented on the steady level of attendance and the activities at her library. The Gowrie-Kunkua community librarian, Mr. Nyaaba Wilfred, also reported a good month, albeit with lower than usual patronage due to the library relocation. He did however record low patronage during the month due to the temporal relocation of the library. All librarians have been tasked with ensuring the safety of library patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as innovative strategies to promote reading. Two highlighted books for the upcoming month are The Great Ponds by Elechi Amadi and The Coast of Slaves. The FAVL/CESRUD team would also like to thank all of our supporters for their ongoing care and attention!

January events in the Ghana libraries

Paul Ayutoliya writes:

January began with a group cleaning of our three libraries on the 11th to prepare for our reopening on the 12th. Turnout of course started off low, but picked up as our group reading activities resumed. Our reading this month highlighted two books, Kente for a King, Kanwum and Bunsela and Grooming and Personal Hygiene for the Youth. It is critically important that we take our role as educators seriously, and thus provide both reading for entertainment and for education. We are pleased to state that our patrons are receptive to our activities and lessons, and we hope to continue helping to educate our communities. We would also like to acknowledge the many students of St. Peter and Paul Academy as well as of Dorongo Primary and Junior High Schools that patronize the Sherigu Library. Congratulations to our Sumbrungu librarian Mr. Apenoore Timothy on completing his degree in Civil Engineering from Bolgatanga Technical University! He will be beginning his national service with the Northern Development Authority while assistant librarian Mr. Asanga Joseph Ayingura will take over his role.

Ghana’s second week back

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.

Kitengesa Community Library’s Covid Catchup scheme in Uganda

The Kitengesa Community Library’s Covid Catchup scheme has taken off! Assistant librarian Muhammad has downloaded curriculum materials made available by Uganda’s National Curriculum Development Council, made printouts of them, and he and his colleague Moses are lending them to students—who observe social distancing and wear masks when they come to the library. Thank you, Muhammad and Moses!

December 2020 statistics Ghana libraries

The librarians all report that December started and ended well with lots of interesting libraries activities. Patronage to the libraries for the month was very encouraging. Basic pupils during the month maximized the usage of the respective libraries in preparation for their end of term exams. But overall attendance numbers for the respective libraries were reduced as compared to the previous month. The 7th December 2020, general elections, the Christmas festivities and the New Year mood played a significant role in the reduced numbers recorded. The librarians all concluded their reports by extending their sincere thanks and appreciation to the entire FAVL team, CESRUD Executive Director, the libraries Coordinator and their cherished library users. They wished us all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Témoignage d’une lectrice de Koumbia #Burkina

Je m’appelle Latifa. Je suis élève en classe de 3e au CEG de Koumbia. J’ai eu l’amour de la lecture quand j’étais très jeune. Ma mère Assiatou été une des gérantes de la bibliothèque de Koumbia. Je l’accompagnais régulièrement à la bibliothèque. J’ai eu l’occasion de me familiariser avec les livres car j’étais en contact permanent avec les livres. Ma mère qui était consciente de l’importance de la lecture m’incitait chaque fois à lire quand je suis avec elle à la bibliothèque. Aujourd’hui je la remercie parce que c’est la chose la plus importante qu’elle m’a donnée. En 2019 nous avons observé une rupture de l’ouverture de la bibliothèque à cause de la COVID-19. Nous avons de nouveau repris le chemin de la bibliothèque avec la grâce de dieu. Nous souhaitons que cette bibliothèque soit permanemment ouverte pour permettre aux filles et au fils de la commune de renforcer leurs connaissances.

Reading in Koho library #Burkina

Le vendredi 18 décembre 2020 a eu lieu à la bibliothèque de Koho une séance de lecture guidée. C’est des élèves de l’école primaire A de Koho situé à proximité de la bibliothèque profite de repos pour venir améliorer leurs capacité en lecture. Ce-jour elles étaient plus d’une dizaine à être présentent à ce rendez-vous. Cette lecture guidée a concerné les livres photos adapté à leur niveau. Il y a eu lecture à tour de rôle des participantes qui étaient en majorité des filles. Des petites difficultés ont été corrigées. Chaque participante était fière d’avoir eu un temps de lecture pour qualifier ses capacités.

First time doing crossword puzzles in Koumbia library #Burkina

Le samedi 19 décembre 2020, l’animateur de FAVL en déplacement à Koumbia, a tenu ce-jour-là des séances de mots croisés avec deux filles du secondaire. Ces deux lectrices reconnaissent que c’est leur tout première fois de jouer à ce jeu. Elles n’y croyaient pas au début qu’elles pouvaient faire ce jeu. Mais à la fin de la séance, elles avaient le sourire aux lèvres d’avoir réussi. Elles ont ensuite prit le temps pour parcourir le tout nouveau numéro (N°63) de échos des bibliothèques. Selon elles, le temps passé a été très enrichissante pour eux. Elles comptent être régulière à la bibliothèque pour s’améliorer.

Mobile library outings in mid-December #Burkina

La période du 14 au 19 décembre 2020 a observé des sorties de la BMP dans les établissements d’enseignements primaire de la commune de Houndé. L’animateur Bihoun Miwo Judicaël se réjouis de la participation d’environ 360 lecteurs. La participation des enseignants, les élèves du secondaire et les parents d’élèves pour leurs mots de soutien et d’encouragements ont été l’une des points remarquable pendant cette période.