Report for August 2020 from CESRUD/FAVL Ghana libraries

It will be recalled the libraries were officially closed to the public on the 16th of March 2020 as a result of the outbreak of the novel corona virus. Ghana first recorded its first two cases of the novel corona virus on the 12th of March 2020, this triggered the announcement by the president banning public gathering of all sorts including, schools, libraries, churches, mosques among others. The statistics of the COVID 19 as at today stands at; total confirmed cases 44, 658, recoveries rate is 43, 478 and death rate is 276.

The libraries resumed operating in the month of August.The COVID 19 preventives measures outline by the health experts were put in place and adhere to in all the libraries, thankful in our part of the country, I mean the Upper East Region, the pandemic have not severely affected the region that much, in the president last address to the nation on the COVID 19 update, the Upper East Region among other few regions were declared free from the virus by the president. Patronage to the respective libraries for the month were quite good but not with the usual high numbers used to be recorded; this was due to the social distancing protocol among others. Most of the patrons were young adults and adult’s readers at the upper primary, junior high, senior high and tertiary students. Most the books read were texts books, notes taking from school and story books. The activities during the month were mostly individual reading and clean up exercise of the libraries and its premises. Touring the respective libraries for monitoring and supervision, most of the patrons agreed that the corona pandemic have brought a lot of changes to many things and even their way of thinking. They never imagine for once that an outbreak of a disease now known as the COVID 19 could break out in one country (China) and spread very rapidly across the globe. But be that as it may, COVID 19 has come; a lot of lives have been lost across the globe forcing public gatherings including their libraries to be closed down. It is our hope that our health experts around the world would work hard in coming out with a vaccine for the virus. In conclusion, CESRUD/FAVL Ghana libraries have since resumed, and libraries activities of reading is picking up well. Patrons are happy that after a long time of being in their houses, they can now once again meet at the respective libraries to read books and perhaps meet with friends and school mates again. On Gowrie-Kunkua Library, the roofing work is still ongoing and is expected to be done soon.

Message from Paul, CESRUD-FAVL coordinator of libraries in #Ghana

Warmest greetings from Ghana. We hope all is well with you and the family.  
As reported in my brief report to you last week on the reopening of the libraries, today at the Sumbrungu community library students of St. Charles Lwanga JHS visited the library and spend some time reading. Some read books from the library, others read their notes and some solved past questions. All students who visited the library were in their face mask, wearing of face mask have now become obligatory in Ghana as part of measures to defeat and/or reduce the rate of COVID 19 transmission. In the respective libraries, there are hand sanitizers for sanitizing hands. Interacting with the patrons, they were happy to be back to the library. Will keep you posted on further libraries activities as the days goes by.

Brief report from CESRUD/FAVL Ghana libraries

From Paul Ayutoliya: The president of Ghana has relaxed some of the restrictions that were imposed in the country as result of the COVID 19 Pandemic. Wearing of face mask at public places still remains mandatory. CESRUD/FAVL Ghana have since partially resumed opening of the libraries on 10th August 2020. The partial reopening is as a result of the social distancing protocol that is still in force. The COVID 19 Pandemic precautionary measures by the health professional such as washing of hands under running water, the use of hand sanitizer among others are being observed. We are hoping in the near future, the pandemic will be brought under full control so that the libraries can get back to full operation. At the Gowrie-Kunkua library, arrangements for roofing are ongoing. The house were the books were temporary kept, have some space that can accommodate few patrons who wants to read. And so gradually the joy of reading is coming back and patrons are happy again coming back to reading ways.

Community cleanup of Gowrie-Kunkua library after the roof blew off in windstorm #Ghana

From Paul Ayutoliya:

With great support from the library committee, the library patrons and some community members, we able to move the books, chairs and tables to a house nearby. One of the community members and an opinion leader by name Jonathan Adabre offer us a room in his house where we move almost everything (books, tables, chairs, louvre blades, the salvage zinc among others) there. We got a carpenter from the community who did a good job by removing the zinc from the woods and renailing the shelves that were broken. Due to the great damage cause, Mr. Rex (CESRUD, FAVL partner) have asked a technical person in building and roofing to go with me probably today and make an assessment of how much will be needed to repaired the building and put the roofing on again. I will update you on the outcome of the assessment after our visit there probably today. With Mr. Rex assisting, I am sure we will get the regional government involved to do something. Updates on engagement with them will be made known to you.

Roof blown off of Gowrie-Kunkua library in Ghana

From Paul Ayuretoliya:
Greetings Prof. This situation needs is an urgent attention!! The entire roofing of Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library was sadly yesterday in the evening rip off completely by a strong wind storm amidst rainfall.The roofing was carried by the storm unto the road towards the north side of the library. The tree standing close to the library was not spared. The librarian and some of the committee members with the help of other community members were able to move some few books to safety. I arrived there this morning, I was broken down upon seeing the devastating havoc the storm wrecked on the library yesterday. No time to waste now as the rains could return anytime soon, we are currently moving some the books to other safe places and drying the wet ones.

Brief update from CESRUD/FAVL Ghana libraries

From Paul Ayutoliya:

Patronage to the three community libraries for last week was quite encouraging. Statistics of attendance recorded showed a slight reduction in the number of patrons. Nonetheless, patrons who visited the libraries read different kinds of story books and played games.

The government of Ghana last week through the Minister of health made an announcement of two confirmed cases of the COVID 19 in the country…… Since then there appears to be a general fear and panic across the length and breadth of Ghana. Everything since then seems to be slowing down as people are very careful and cautious not to do anything that may get them infected. Information on who these two people might have come in contact with were very scanty causing the fear and panic to soar up. Just this evening, the president of Ghana addressed the nation again (his second time since the outbreak) suspending all gatherings such as public and private schools senior high and basic schools, churches, mosques, workshops, funerals among others till further notice in wake to deal with the Corona virus after four cases were confirmed today bringing the total number of confirmed cases to six.  Information on contact tracing and others as I said earlier appears to be scanty.

Brief early March update from CESRUD/FAVL Ghana libraries

From Paul Ayutoliya:

Patronages to the respective libraries continuous to soar with lots of interesting libraries activities. Interesting library’s activities such reading for fun, group reading, individual reading, games and videos shows were kept patrons visiting the libraries every now and then. Touring the respective libraries last week, patrons were seen in their encouraging numbers at the respective libraries reading and/ or learning. I read a couple of story books with patrons of all the three libraries.

At the Sherigu Community Library, I read a story titled My Brother the Footballer by Diana B. McBagonluri. The story was about two sons of Mr. and Mrs. Anokye whom they were proud of because they made them (parents) happy with their great skills in sports. One of their sons, Nana Kwame was a goalkeeper and Nana Yaw was a long distance runner. Both sons work hard at their respective areas of expertise and were chosen to represent their school abroad in sporting activities, this was first in history in their vicinity. Patrons who took part in the reading were inspired by the beautiful story of the two boys and promise to also work hard in whatever they can do. The story was very simple to understand, so I encouraged patrons to read again at their own time for better understanding and appreciation of the story.

Night patronages were also very great as students from far and near always make it to the library every evening. The only disadvantage we have currently is the hot weather conditions, we are in March and March in our part of the country is always a month of hot sun shine and heat, even when fans are working, they produce a certain amount of heat. This hot weather conditions have made attendance during night time to reduced a little. But nonetheless, the attendance is encouraging.

I visited the Upper East Regional Library in course of last week. Patronage to the regional library were immense, both young and adults readers were busy reading in their good numbers. The children’s corner was the point of interest as many children from the surroundings schools were at the children’s corner reading and having fun with the children librarians. She danced with some them, asked questions of their favorite book in the library among others. Some children also came for a visit from one of the private schools, the children librarian at a point in time was haven it difficult controlling the noise. But at the close of day every went well. Part of my visit to the regional library was to get the Regional Librarian informed on the reading competition and asked that they come along with the mobile library van. The Regional Librarian, Mr. Leslie Kasanga assure that he be in attendance, also they will come along with the van.

Reading with cloth weavers and dressmakers in Sumbrungu, Ghana

CESRUD-FAVL library coordinator Paul Ayutoliya spent some time reading with  cloth weavers and dressmakers in Sumbrungu. He first visited the God’s Will weaving center where he met with Madam Abaa Nancy and her nine (9) other apprentices. He read the story of the Reward of Labour by Mba Azouye with them. The story was about the three good friends; Ant, Bee and Grasshopper. Who used to share and did everything in common but grasshopper was lazy and were cheating his friends. Due to grasshopper lazy nature, his friends also resolved not to share their farm produce with him again when they harvest. Eventually grasshopper run out of food and died afterwards.

The apprentices were able to answer the questions after the reading and also added some moral lessons learnt from the story. Some moral lessons from them includes;
1. Laziness brings poverty.
2. Procastination is not good. Grasshopper was telling his friends there is still enough time before the planting will come but before he realized, the planting season was over.
3. Hard work brings prosperity.
4. Planning ahead of time saves one from unnecessary pressures.

They also visited the Praise and Glory be to God Fashion Shop and read the same story with Madam Janet and her apprentices. The apprentices share almost similar moral lessons after we were done.  Madam Janet added that the story is also a good advice to everyone in terms of who you chooses as your friend. Some friends are hardworking and others are lazy. So in choosing a friend, one should have this at the back of his/her mind and choose the right friend.

Statistics for Ghana community libraries supported by FAVL, February 2020

Patronage to the three community libraries for February proudly supported by FAVL continued on a very encouraging note. All the three community libraries recorded good patronage with lots of fantastic and fun library activities.

At the Sumbrungu Community Library, main activities of the month includes group reading, individual reading, interesting puzzles games, video shows and visits to surrounding schools among others. One of the books read and discussed was The Bad News by Margaret Atter from the child right club. The story was about adolescent and reproductive health. In the story, a girl name Ama was stopped from school and all her friends deserted her because she contacted the AIDS virus. A nurse came to the village and explained to the villagers on HIV AIDS and they understood and Ama was allowed to continue her schooling again.

At the Sherigu Community Library, the librarian reported that patronage was quite good both the daily and night visits. Activities also include collective reading, playing of games, poem recitation and sharing of tales. She also touched on story books she read during the month. One of the books read is The Lawyer who Bungled his Life by Asare Konadu. David Abayaa, Dogo Dagarti’s eldest son, a British trained lawyer, marriage was ruin due to his deep love for alcohol. As he walks in his village, people will be pointing hands at him saying this is the lawyer who bungled his life.

At the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, the librarian also reports of good patronage during the month. He mentioned playing of games, group reading and cleanup exercise as part of the activities during the month.

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