End of November 2018 librarian meeting, Ghana

This is a report about the end of the month of November meeting held at the Sumbrungu Library on 1st December 2018. The Coordinator who chairs the meeting welcomed everyone to the meeting. The agenda of the meeting centered on the performance of the respective Community Libraries up to date, what have been done well and what need to improve. Each librarian wasgiven the opportunity to say a word on happenings in their respective library for the past months. The Sumbrungu Librarian, Mr. Timothy Apenoore mentioned a number of reading programs, games and visitors received in the library. He said patrons were getting more used to reading than before. He mentioned of a number of books read some of which are: The Lucky One, The Magic Goat, Kente for a King, Do not Keep Quiet, The Cat and Dog Series and many more. He also mentioned the different kind of games and video shows which the children like In his own words, library performance have been good save to say the users’ requests for more subject books and computers. The Sherigu librarian, Miss Cecilia Adombila talked about reading activities that she held for the month of November. Attendance to the library had been good in her words also. She also touched books she read during the month and the mending or repaired of some books. The challenge or problem in the library according to her is the non functioning of all the three fans, six broken louvre blades which cause a lot of dust to books, tables and chairs. She appealed for support to fix such problems. The Gowrie-Kunkua Library also said their library performance had been good. The reading programs such as quiz competition, group reading, individual reading, story telling, games and visits to the library by some parents kept the library patrons visiting always. He ended by also mentioning again that they need fans in the library.

Commenting on all that was said, the chair thanked them for the good work and asked that they continue to discharge their duties well. As librarians the chair told them; we also have a duty to look around and see those people who can help in one way or the other and approach them either through letters or personal contact, we can write to the Assembly men, NGOs and other bodies that can offer any support to promote reading. The chair assured them that their concerns however would be forwarded. We had not meet for quite some time which was a short coming the chair admitted, we will henceforth hold all our end of month meetings. The librarians read their reports loud to the hearing of all, a number of correction were made. A careful look at their reports sent will show this. The chair took the opportunity and introduced the newly appointed Sherigu Librarian to other librarians. She also got to know the other librarians of the other community libraries. They promised to work hand in hand in promoting reading at their respective communities.

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Reading at the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library in Ghana

From Paul Ayuretoliya:

I paid a visit today (December 4) to the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library. Patrons who came from the Kunkua primary and Junior High School read with me and the librarian the story of the Crocodile Bread, Teen Princess, and All about Ama. Some parents were also at the library to read with us. I took the opportunity to talk to the pupils/students the need to always make time and attend the library to read books. The pupils were happy to be part of today’s daily sessions at the library. They requested for more subject books some of which includes Science, I.C.T, and Basic Design Technology. We had good time reading together.

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November update from Ghana libraries

This is a summary of the librarians report for November 2018. Library’s attendance during November per the librarian’s reports has been very good and encouraging. Overall 4,277 visits were recorded to the three libraries in November.

At the Sumbrungu Library, reading and /or learning activities have been good both daily and night sessions. Group reading and discussions of story books, time to share with games were the dominant activities. The newly AMO games that were brought by Biblionef Ghana and Biblionef International brought more joy and fun to the library users. Some of the double track system students who are currently on vacations and the regular patrons are making good use of the respective libraries especially during the evening sessions; they visit the libraries to read their notes, story books and share ideas. The daily session is mostly dominated by basic pupils.

At the Sherigu library for the month, the new librarian reports that patronage has been very encouraging with lots of reading activities, she also touch on something I met her doing during one of my usual visits which is worthy of commendation, she bought treads and sewed most the books that their pages were removing, it was such a great work by Miss Cecilia right after her official assumption of duty and then also her efforts in retrieving two missing books from the library. She touched on some story books read by her some of which includes; The Teen Princess, Shoeshine Girl, the Regret of the Drunkard among others during the month. The major problem in the library is still the non-functioning of fans.

At the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, lots of reading activities with games and cleanup exercises were the activities of the month. Major problem is still the need for fans in the library.

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New librarian for Sherigu community library in Ghana

From Paul Ayutoliya:

Last October the CESRUD team held interviews for applicants for the librarianship position at the Sherigu Community Library. Myself and Cesrud project coordinator Mr. Johnson Agolmah and one of the Sherigu library committee member Mr. Amoah Francis who doubles as the assembly man for the area were the interview panel. Applicants were taken through a series of questions related to the library, the community, and some current affairs issues in the country.

At the end of the interviews, the panelists all settled on Miss Cecilia Adombila Akansige, a senior high school leaver who performed very well. She was eloquent, confident, and appeared to like reading. The panelists were convinced she will be able to do the job well. Effective 1st November, Mr. Zacchaeus, who is leaving to pursue his studies, will hand over the management of the library to the new librarian Miss Cecilia. She is expected to learn alongside with Mr. Zacchaeus on some basics things of how the library works. So we have getting a new librarian for the Sherigu Community Library and effective 1st November 2018, she will be starting work officially. First of its kind in the library history having a lady as the librarian!


Donation of Amo games by Bibloinef Ghana to libraries and schools in Ghana

Hello Madam Feikje Geertsmas,  I bring you warmest greetings from Sumbrungu in Bolgatanga of the Upper East Region of Ghana. On behalf of Cesrud/Favl (the Sumbrungu Community Library) Ghana I want to once again express our sincere appreciation to you for the donation of the Amo games to the Sumbrungu community library and some schools under Cesrud. We are grateful for the kind gesture, the Amo games will be put to good and we are sure library users especially the little children will learn alot from playing the games. On 14th November, I trained five schools libraries teachers on the usage of the Amo games after which I presented to each of the five teachers a set of the Amo games for their respective schools. I will be updating you on progress of the usage of the Amo games.  Thank you. Paul Ayutoliya.

AYA Afrika foundation Prof. Nene Kwasi Kafele visits the Sumbrungu Community Library

CESRUD library coordinator Paul Ayutoliya writes:

On 31st October 2018, the director of AYA Afrika foundation Prof. Nene Kwasi Kafele with three others paid a visit to the Sumbrungu Community Library. Their visit was to interact with those students/pupils they supported Cesrud with funds to organize a one month after school reading program early last year (2017), the impact of the reading program. They were impressed from their interactions with the pupils, the way the pupils answered questions and asked questions. The director Prof. Nene in a jovial way described one table as the “hot” table because there were always questions and answers coming from that particular table all the time and every moment. Prof. Nene asked the pupils what they would like to become inthe future? Some said doctors so that they can save lives, some teachers, some engineers, some pilots, Prof. encouraged them and admonished the pupils to erase the mentality of “this subject is difficult” and study hard and they would  make it. He further advised pupils to always seek information that will help them realize their dreams in future.  Madam Carolann Wright, director of Business &Labour Development, African Nova Scotia presented two books title; Africaville by Shauntay Grant and Basket of Black Nova Scotia by Joleen Gordon to the Sumbrungu Community library. I thanked them on behalf of Cesrud/FAVL and the pupils for their visit and donations of the books before their departure.

Update from visits to three libraries in Upper East, Ghana

From Paul Ayutoliya, FAVL/CESRUD library coordinator:

IMG_20180926_124103 smThis is a brief report on happenings in the three community libraries. Attendance at the three libraries has been good. Major activities that characterized this month include individual reading of story books, group reading, riddles and games with story time. Effective daily patronages to the libraries are usually recorded in the Sumbrungu and Sherigu libraries, this is mainly due to the fact that these libraries are been surrounded by basic schools unlike the Gowrie-that has it’s basic schools distant from the library, so many a times it is the night sessions that patrons do come in their good numbers. At the Sumbrungu Library, patrons read story books in groups with the librarians and also had good riddle time with coordinator, during the night a good number of patrons come to study their notes taking from school, some copy notes from others whiles other also do their assignment work. Other also come to read story books individually. The patronage is increasing every day and we are doing all we need to do to make reading and learning continue to be very good.

The story is also the same at the Sherigu Library save that the night sessions attendance there is not as many as Sumbrungu. Over the week I paid a visit to the the library, it was Wednesday the 26th of September, the pupils of St. Peter and Paul Academy were in the library in their good numbers. With the assistance of the librarian and one teacher who came from class with some pupils, we divided the pupils in three different groups. One group read the story of Peter’s Wish with me. Another group read with the teacher Chidi likes only Blue and the last or third group read Diana, the hairdresser learns to read, one of the Literacy Changed my Life series with the librarian. We spend good time in our group readings answering and asking questions at the end of the reading. At the close of day everyone were happy.

The Gowrie library also have almost the same story of the library usage save that their attendance is mostly during the evening sessions. We today visited the library during the daily session and caught up with Mr. Akolgo Anaba who’s nicknamed ‘Americana’ Americana who is an adult told me he wants to read some of the story books with me in the library. So in the library I read with him the Crocodile Bread and The lucky one story books. It was a very very interesting encounter I have with this man. Americana once in a while as I read with him will talk about how he knows Accra especially when I mentioned Nima Mamoobi in the story of the Lucky One he exclaimed is in Accra! In the story of the Crocodile bread, Americana tried explaining to me with his broken English good and bad bread. To him bread with a lot sugar is not good especially when you taking it with tea that sugar is added reason being it can you sickness and so he prefer a bread without sugar. This and other fun discussion made our day. To conclude the community libraries are performing great and we are hopeful for more good performances.


Update from Favl/Cesrud Ghana libraries

Coordinator Paul Ayutoliya writes:

sumbrungu small sept 2018Basic schools resumed school on the second week of September on the 11th, a week after the climax of the vacation reading classes. The first week of schools reopening as usual was for major cleaning exercise in and around the surroundings of the various schools across the country. The respective three community libraries were also cleaned by the respective librarians with assistance from some pupils also. The patronage to the libraries for the first week during the daily sessions was quite good, as the days progresses patronage is picking up. The first week was characterized by individual readings, games and sharing with each other happenings during the vacations period. At the Sumbrungu Community Library, most of the patrons who shared their story said they spend their vacation periods attending free vacation reading classes that was organized by the library, they touch on a number of story books they read and the moral lessons, the fun with other colleagues and making of new friends from other schools. One of those who were attending the classes wanted to share with friends who did not attend the classes some riddles, he begun by putting this riddle to them: What belongs to you but it is mostly use by others? There were all kinds of funny answers such bicycles, shirts among others, Anaba told them the answer is simply your NAME. He told the friends he learnt all those riddles from the classes. Some also said during the vacation they were helping their parents in farming, taking care of animals among others. At close of that sharing with each other happenings during the vacation period, those who could not make it to the classes, were amazed the things they heard from the others who were attending the classes; the boldness in the way they talk, the story books read and the mother lessons, the riddles and rest. The look and indication from each face that were not able to attend the classes shows they will not miss the opportunity of attending the classes the next time it will be organize. The story of the first week of schools reopening is almost the same in the other two community libraries during my visits to the library. The night sessions attending is mostly patronized by the young adults, who come to read story books, work Maths, study science and the other related subjects.

End of vacation reading classes in Upper East, Ghana

From Paul Ayutoliya, CESRUD library coordinator:

The vacation reading classes begun well on the 6th of August 2018 in all the three libraries and lasted for four week. These weeks were characterized by reading of different kinds of story books in the respective libraries under the guidance of the coordinator, librarians and volunteer teachers who supported us in taking care of the participants, there were riddles, different kinds of games, story time, visits by parents and CESRUD directors among other interesting activities. This year’s reading classes was indeed an interesting one.

Early this week exams were conducted for participants in all the libraries on all the story books read during the classes, the riddles, general knowledge and some logical reasoning questions. Most of the participants and particularly the regular patrons to the libraries and the reading classes every year did exceptionally well in all the questions.

The closing ceremonies of the reading classes started at the Sherigu community library on the 29th of August, a Wednesday, some parents came around to witness the closing ceremony of the classes, parents present were grateful to the organizer of the classes after their wards took turns to read one after the other to their hearing. They wish the classes continuous every year. Prizes such as exercise books, pens and pencils were presented to all participants.

On the 30th of August, the Gowrie-Kunkua community library also had it climax of the reading classes. Parents were also present to witness the ceremony. The participants there also took turns one after the other to read some of the story books (Amoako and the Forest, David’s Day at the Mine, All about Ama, the Adventure of the Twins among others) to the hearing and applause from parents. Parents were very happy to see their children read with the confidence they were reading with. They express their appreciation to the donors and supporters of the library. Their wish was that we continue the good work. Prizes were also presented to participants.

The grand finale of the classes was held today at the Sumbrungu community library, parents came in their good numbers, and the participants were about 200 people excluding the parents. The director of CESRUD was with the education coordinator of CESRUD, the librarians were present with all the volunteer teachers. There were entertainment from the pupils/students, reading demonstration, participants of the classes share some benefits of the classes with parents and all present. There were a number of speeches from several people; the director of CESRUD, education coordinator, CESRUD/FAVL coordinator, parents and the participants of the classes among other events. Prizes were presented to participant with some refreshment to some of the dignitaries, volunteer teachers, the librarians and our participants.

Update from the reading classes in Upper East libraries, #Ghana

From Paul Ayutoliya:

Week two of the reading classes continued on a good note, with the number of participants increasing day in and out as a result of the exciting activities of reading and/ or learning in all the three libraries. Activities such as group reading, individual reading, riddles, spellings of words, storytelling among others motivated participants to the point that those who heard of the activities from their friends said they must also get to the libraries and see for themselves happening in the reading classes. There were a number of riddles learnt during the week, participants gave their riddles as well, and at the end of the day we all (volunteer teachers and participants) do learn something new. In fact, one patron gave the riddle “I am a beautiful girl that is been chased by 22 young men at a time” Who I am? Honestly I did not know the answer until one other patron gave the answer as a football. There were lesson share by other patrons on the ICT, Mathematics, English and Science classes as well during the week that they had learnt with their respective teachers.

Every Friday is for quiz competition, questions are always based on story books read, riddles, spelling and others. The first quiz was between the boys and girls, the second week Friday quiz was between the three different young adult classes. In each group of contestant were two boys and a girl presented by their colleagues from their respective class to represent them in the quiz at the Sumbrungu library. It is always an interesting moment as audience cheers their colleagues with applause in a bid of motivating them. As this is going on in the women meeting hall now the Roden conference hall, the children also have their quiz and other game activities with the assistant librarian and one volunteer teacher in the library room. The average of the children for the second week was 70 children whiles the young adult averaged 75 bringing the total average attendance in a day to 145 at the Sumbrungu library.

In the Sumbrungu library, we have four (4) volunteer assisting us in the classes, one young lady and three young men.

The story about the reading classes is almost the same at Sherigu and the Gowrie-Kunkua community Library save that their number of patrons is not as many as the Sumbrungu library, so the respective librarians are able to manage the classes, at times some senior high school students do come around to support the Sherigu librarian in handling the classes. They also have their quiz completion on the story books and other activities that do take place during the week.

 We have parents visiting the respective libraries once in a while during the week to monitor how their wards are performing in the classes. Cesrud members and the respective library committee (in Sherigu and Gowrie) do also visit the library to monitor the classes.