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.
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.
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.
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.
Quick summary from Paul Ayutoliya, FAVL-CESRUD coordinator:
Starting from the Sumbrungu librarian Mr. Apenore Timothy, he said the month wasa good one with lots of reading and fun games. He also spoke about the reading club and encouraged colleague librarians to consider also forming the reading clubs at their libraries. He noted that two of the fans that were developing problems. On attendance, the interesting reading activities in the library with videos shows and games contributed in the great number of patronages recorded. From Sherigu Community Library, Miss Cecelia Adombila reports that patronage of the library was very encouraging. She touched on the interesting library activities that kept patrons visiting all times, some of which were dancing with patrons, sharing poems and reading in group. At the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, the librarian, Mr. Wilfred Nyaaba also reports that attendance to the library for the month was good. He also mentioned cleanup exercise among others reading activities.
The librarians reviewed the library guide again emphasizing on the code of conduct and the role of each one of them while at work.They discussed the upcoming reading competition to be held in March.
The novel Daylight by Edem Kweku Nunya is a very interesting novel that will keep one flipping to the next page after each page. A novel that will drive one never to give up his or her dreams in life.
The people of Egoli village were not happy with the kind of life they were living. The Egoli village had been impoverished for far too long because they lack social amenities. The Chief and people of Egoli village received news that some Whites Missionaries from the Atlantic Ocean will be visiting their village to bring development. They received the news with great joy. The only school that existed was found in another village called Akpoipoi which was about 40 kilometers away, and only the rich were able to enroll their wards in such a distant school. The White Missionaries finally arrived in the village one day to a rousing welcome by the Chief and people, they drummed and danced in welcoming their august guests to the village square. Their (the Missionaries) message of development and civilization was well received by the Chief and his people. The village folks and their chief were happy that sooner than later their village will no more experience the extreme poverty, hunger, diseases and wars that have led to lost of many lives. A few years later, the missionaries established a church, school and health centers, these amenities served as hope to everyone in Egoli.
Many of the village folks were encouraged to enroll their wards in the children school programme, many parents agreed and send their children to the school except Emefa’s family. Emefa was a little girl who had passion to be enroll into the school but the father Kli Akpabio vehemently opposed it, saying they have their own beliefs and that all his children would follow those landmarks. Emefa’s father was preparing her to become a priestess after her grandmother in the village. At long last, Emefa was enrolled into the school and she did brilliantly well in all the subject. She would many of the reading competition and other contest. Emefa after graduating from school wrote a very encouraging story about her experience when she was sent to the village to stay with her grandmother to learn the basics priestess roles, which in a way was to prepare her to succeed her grandmother after her death. Her story was to encourage all especially the young children never to give up in life on whatever dreams and aspirations they have.
The novel was an interesting one and I liked it. I have asked the librarians to also read the story and let me have their thoughts on it. The story was very easy to understand, it was not that difficult getting the point or idea of the novel.
Patronage to the three community libraries continued to be very great and encouraging with lots of reading activities and others for the month of February 2020. At the Sumbrungu Community Library, attendance to the library for the month was very encouraging and good. Patrons from far and near maximized their visit to the library and read different kinds of story books in the library, notes written from schools, and also played different kinds of games among others. Among the story books read were; The Baobab Tree of Salaga by Hiro Yoneyama, City Sounds by Kathy Knowles, the Fati series, the Cat and Dog series, Jafta’s Mother, The Bush Rangers, Awkward Annie, and many others.
A little about the story of the Baobab Tree of Salaga I read. The story was about the excruciating pain and agony that characterized the slave trade era. It gives an account on how the people (slaves) were captured and taken to Salaga a town in the Northern Region and chained to metal pegs that were stuck on the trunk of a giant Baobab Tree which was located in the heart of the Salaga town whiles waiting for traders to come and buy. Some of the slaves died in the process because they could not withstand the torture. The Baobab Tree up to date is still there with the metal pegs on it’s body (trunk) and now serve as tourist attraction to visitors today. Never again should this be allowed in any part of the world. But there are still rumors of these inhumane practices (slavery) still go on some places in Africa and perhaps elsewhere. It is my hope that these practices when found to still persist should be quickly brought to an end. It is just unimaginable!
At the Sherigu Community Library, patronage to the library was very good. The activities that characterized the month in the library were group reading of story books, individual reading, interesting games among others. The librarian has been doing a great job there by organizing a number of reading programs every week with the support of some teachers from St. Peter and Paul Academy school. The day time was normally well attended by students and pupils of the surroundings schools. During the night time, young adults from far away place including the Sherigu Senior High school which is about 4 kilometres visit the library and read story books and notes taken from school.
At the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, patronage were also encouraging. Students from the Kunkua Primary and Junior High school were the regular visitors to the library during the day time. Students and pupils from distant schools visit the library mostly at the night time. I read with students in this library the story of the Teen Princess by Diana B. Mc Bagonluri. The student were challenged by the little girls story, how she defied poverty and rose to greatest height of becoming the Crown Teen Princess despite her poor background. Some students who were part of the reading said if she could achieved that from a poor background with a single parent (her mother was a single parent) they should be able to do more. I visited the Kunkua Primary and Junior High School with the librarian there and engaged with pupils and students on the need for all to visit the community library and read.
At the Sumbrungu Community Library, students and pupils from far and near have been the most frequent visitors especially during the night time. They visited the library in their good numbers, read notes written from schools, story books in the library and had fun watching movies and playing games. The library is indeed becoming a serene home to many more students and pupils. We have form a young adults reading club in the library, we agreed to read and discuss each story book every Friday in the evening time. So this week’s reading starts today! Sherigu Community Library also recorded good patronage with lots of interesting reading and other activities which brought more patrons. The librarian there has been do a great job by organizing lots of reading activities with support from some teachers of St. Peter and Paul Academy. I met with some patrons last week in the library during the night time. I encourage them to visit the library at all times and make good use of the books. At Gowrie-Kunkua community library, patronage have also been good with interesting library activities.
I visited the Gowrie-Kunkua community library for monitoring and supervision yesterday during the day time, I was so impressed with patronage to the library. Patrons who were mostly pupils and students from the Gowrie-Kunkua basic school were in the the library in their good numbers reading different kinds of storybooks. At a point, the patrons came together and read in a group the book Crocodile Bread. There are different kinds of equally good story books which over the periods we have try promoting but it appears in this library, most of the patrons like this Crocodile Bread story book by Kathy Knowles! Don’t know whether the children in that community like bread that much! The librarian account indicated that the night patronages were also good and encouraging. Patronage of the three community libraries for January so far has been good with lots of reading activities.
The first day back was used for major cleanup exercise of the libraries and the surroundings. Patronages to the three community libraries were quite low due to the Christmas and New Year celebrations and severe harmattan weather conditions. Also basic pupils who are always the most frequent users of the respective community libraries were yet to resumed school. Patronages started picking up in the middle of the week. Basic pupils resumed school on Wednesday 8th January, pupils started visiting the libraries right from Wednesday the very day they resumed school. They read story books of different kinds.
Patronage to the three community libraries for the two weeks continued on a very good note. Basic pupils and students from second cycle schools and the tertiary institution visited the the respective library’s daily and during the night to read and learn in preparation for their respective exams before breaking for Christmas Celebration and perhaps the New Year. At the Sumbrungu Community Library, patrons were mostly pupils and students from the surrounding schools such as St. Charles Lwanga Primary and JHS, Kulbia Primary School, Kolgo Junior High School, Bolgatanga Polytechnic. They patronized the library well for both day time and that of the night time. They studied notes and handouts from their respective schools, some read different kinds of story books also from the library. At the Sherigu Community Library, patrons who were mostly students from St. Peter and Paul Academy, Dorongo Primary and JHS used the library as a convenient place to learn in preparation also towards their exams. Some patrons read story books from the library. At the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, the story is almost the same, save to say their patronage was not that great as compared to the other two community libraries. Nonetheless, attendance was quite encouraging as Pupils from the Kunkua Primary and JHS were always seen in the library making good use of the books.
It sad to note however that as the basic students and students exams which should have been ongoing now have been put on hold due to a strike action by teachers in demand for their arrears that government owed them. The situation is very sad and worrying as students are left to their fate. Wandering from one place to another without any idea on when teachers will return to class rooms. I understand they have a genuine case as some the teachers have their arrears owed as far back as 2012. It is our hope that the government will listen to their concerns and address it as quickly as possible to enable the teachers return to class for academy work to continue.