Monday (1st August 2022) I arrived at the library at 8:50am. I did some cleaning, shelved some books used by patrons previously. I read a story book entitled ‘Kente For A King’ illustrated by Edmund Opare. Students from St. Charles Lwanga Primary school came to the library at 10. I read a story to them and asked question about the book. I made them read a couple of books on their own and I corrected them for some read mistakes and meaning of some words. At 12pm, some friends from the Bolgatanga Technical University visited the library for their personal studies, after then some students from St. Charles Lwanga JHS came to study for their mock examination. I shelved used books and closed at 2pm. Tuesday, I arrived at the library at around 9am on a bright morning. I tidied up the library. At 10am 6 students from Kulbia Primary School visited the library. I engaged them with group reading for some time and later asked them to read on their own. I tried helping them read aloud some word as well as find their meanings from a dictionary. 14 students from Kolgo JHS and 8 students came to the library at 12:45pm for their personal studies because they had to prepare for their mock examination. I shelved the books used by patrons and closed the library at 2pm. Wednesday I had some issues with my bike so I was a little late for work but I opened the library at around 11am, and immediately some students from Kulbia primary visited the library. I asked them to select a story book of choice. They selected ‘Kente For A King’, is a book loved by our patrons. At 12pm some students from Kolgo JHS came for their personal studies. I closed the library at 2pm. Thursday was a holiday so I worked for a half day. I opened the library at around 8am. Only 6 patrons came to the library on that day, because most of them went to the farms with parents. We played a couple of games like cards and oware. I closed at around 1pm. Fridays are always exciting because it’s a day for games, storytelling and video show. I opened the library at 8am, I tidied up the library and shelved used books from the previous days. I took the television for the video show out and started a movie we would watch– ‘Ice Age’. Most of our patrons liked the movie because it was full of funny scenes We continued watching the Ghana leaning channel which helps student on some selected topics of study. After which we watched some educational videos on Ghana’s independence. I closed around 2pm.
On Monday, 1st August 2022. I came to the library at 7:32 am. I did my cleaning, re-arrange the books in the shelves and water the trees. The activities that took place in the library was group reading, individual reading and Games. We played “Lodu” and “Oware”. On Tuesday, I arrived the library at 8:18am. There were two patrons who helped me to do the sweeping and arrangement of chairs and tables. On Wednesday, I arrived at the Library at 8:17am and after sweeping I went to the Kunkua Primary School for the classroom group reading using their Library hours with “The Book Amoako and the Forest” By Deborah Cowley. On Thursday, I came to Library at 7:13am. Cleaned and re-shelved the used Books. I did the watering of the the planted trees and later fetched drinking water for the patrons. On Friday, I went to the Library at 7:17am. I did cleaning, re-arrangement of the books and watered the trees and later played games like Ludo and Oware with patrons. On Saturday , I went to the Library at 7:14am. I did my cleaning, and watered the trees. The patrons and I had group reading.
On the 1st August 2022, l arrived at the library around 7:50am. After cleaning I did a group reading with some of the S.S Peter and Paul academy students on a book entitled “The Lucky One” and some patrons also did individual reading, during the night session the library users continued the individual reading because most of them are writing exams. The librarian helped some of them by explaining their noted for them. On 2nd, after their exams, some of the library users read stories books like ” Otu Goes to Sea”, “Why Fish Live In Water” and also some Text Books. On the 3rd, l got to the library at 8:10am. I did my usual cleaning: sweeping the place, dusting the chairs, tables, benches and the shelves. I also took down statistics and monitored on patrons to make sure there is silence in the library. In the evening the patrons continued their personal reading because of their exams. On Friday 5th of August 2022, after doing my usually duties. I left the library around 10:35am. I then came back to the library. I borrowed some books to the students to go and read and later narrate the story to me in writing when they are done reading and then closed at 3:05pm.
The general meeting was held at the Teachers Resources Center. We were able to discuss on issues that will promote the growth of the community libraries. We discussed about the need to support librarians in their manner of reporting; the issues of diversity and creativity of the library’s activities; decisions about social security fund management.
On 2 August 2022, the Coordinator of the community libraries (CESRUD/FAVL) met with the Library Reps of all the public schools within the circuits of Bolgatanga West B and Bolgatanga North. The goals of the meeting: To share previous activities and progress as far as the Community Library is concerned; To cement the relationship between CESRUD/FAVL (the community library of Sumbrungu) and the schools that are within the sector of their circuits; To encourage them to reactivate their interest in the reading among the pupils; To form an active School Library Reps Committee in view of school library activities. They were very happy to share with passion their interest to collaborate with the community library. They were 10 representatives present. For the formation of the committee, they suggested to have it done in the presence of their various school heads. So, they will fix the date for that meeting soon.
Benedict Akana, CESRUD library coordinator, visited Sherigu Community Library on 27 July in the evening. There were many students present. Some parents from the community who were present noted that the library has helped their children. While at Sherigu, Akana encouraged library committee members to talk to the various church leaders and imams to promote the library by asking their community members to support their children to make good use of the library.
At Sumbrungu community library the pupils of the surrounding schools made good use of the library. Also, at night time, they came in their number.
The librarian, Marinus, mentioned that the management of the Sumbrungu Business Women Association has complained about the way the pupils use the outside water tap. Even, our library users wet the entrance of yard. So, we have decided to purchase a big container and cups where we can store water for our library users in order to stop them spoil or open the tap.
At Sherigu community library, the surrounding schools also came to the library. The whole week day the library recorded a good number of Library users for both day and night.
Gowrie-kunkua community librarian recorded a good number of Library users. The librarian also was able to have the classroom group reading with pupils at the kunkua primary school. He has requested that the new shelves should be painted. Also, the surrounding of the community library is full of grown grasses. So, we will need the weedicide spray the grasses.
Over the week, the community libraries run their weekly activities as planned. When I got at Sherigu community library, the librarian was busy shelving books already used back in the shelves. There were some teachers and pupils seriously doing individual reading and some pupils were playing a ludu game. At Gowrie-kunkua community library the librarian was at the Kunkua primary school taking the Basic four pupils through group reading.
At Sumbrungu community library I took the new librarian through some basic orientation of book shelving and the rule and regulations of the library. He welcomed some pupils in to the library and later took them through words spelling and pronunciations. He was very happy to be part of our library team. He promised to be committed to his responsibilities and to offer the children basic computer skills. Once again, we wish to welcome Mr Marinus Amoah Anaba in to the community library team in Sumbrungu.
From Benedict Akana, CESRUD library coordinator:
At Sumbrungu community library, on Monday, I paid a visit there to do my usual supervision and monitoring. There were a good number of Library users. They came from the schools around. They were reading quietly individually. I spent time to there reading some books. At Sherigu community library, on Tuesday, I paid a visit and similar experience and reading atmosphere was witness there. There were teachers and pupils using the library. They were very happy to see me there, and likewise myself. They said if I had not visited their schools to give a sensitisation talk about the library they would not have known that it was possible for them to visit. They were given the opportunity to borrow some books. Wednesday I went to meet the president of the library committee bring to the library the metal door to the library premises at Sherigu. What is needed to do now is to fix it in place of the wooden door. And get new padlocks. The committee on behalf of the community sends their profound gratitude to FAVL.
At Gowrie-Kunkua community library, on Thursday, I visited all the schools around. I was able to discuss with the various headteachers about our activities and interest of helping all the pupils to make school use of the library. I had the opportunity to invite the pupils to visit the library. And today Saturday, the library was full. We recorded about seventy user and members of the library Club members.
Short report from Benedict Akana, CESRUD library manager:
Over the week, the library activities went smoothly. With reopening of schools the library is always busy, especially at Sumbrungu. I visited Sumbrungu community library, Sherigu community library and Gworie-kunkua community library. The group reading, individual reading, games as well as story telling was carried out effectively by the librarians. The attendance of week was very good. Some teachers and students used the library. Moreover, I paid various school heads in the west-B circuit visit to discuss with them the necessity to participate our library activities. I also spoke to the students about the library reader’s club (LRC) and majority expressed their interest to join LRC.