From Paul Ayutoliya:
This is a brief summary of Cesrud/Favl Librarians reports for the month of April 2018.
Patronage of the three Cesrud/Favl Ghana libraries have been quite good and encouraging during April. The library’s users who comprised of basic pupils, students of second cycle institution and tertiary students patronized the respective libraries very well in preparations of their examinations they wrote before breaking for vacations.
The major activities that took place across all the three libraries were; individual reading and / or learning story books, notes taking from school, text books and pamphlets, group reading of story books in the libraries with their respective librarians and coordinator some times, fun activities such as playing different kinds of games, games of words spellings, quiz competitions, general cleanup of the library’s and it’s premises. All these activities and others motivated the library users mostly of the basic pupils to keep coming to the library at all time (both daily and night sessions).
The respective libraries librarians over the month also read a number of novels and other story books; the Sumbrungu librarian read a book titled the Unwilling Umpire by Ron Roy, Flying by Lesley Sims and others. The Sherigu librarians read a novel entitled Sons of the Skroll, about a boy called Allan who won many medals as a result of his jumping skills. Alan’s father was a good counselor who have counsel many people but surprisingly he had divorced the wife, Alan suspected the grandmother might have had her hand in his parents’ divorce. There was a mystery of an old farmhouse left near his grandmother place and a lot of tales about the house…. The Gowrie-Kunkua librarian also read a book titled Plants Bite Back by Richard Platts and others books.
During the month some parents and library committee members visited the respective libraries to see how the libraries were functioning and to also encourage library users to keep patronizing the libraries to read more story books and have fun. The library coordinator also visited the respective libraries for monitoring and supervisions.
The problems from the three libraries include; the non-functioning fans (three fans) at the Sherigu library and the need for fans (at least three fans) at the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, then again a request from all the librarians for text books, pamphlets and some religious books.
The table below is a summary of the statistics of patronage for both daily and night sessions for April 2018.
From the statistics table, it is clear the Sumbrungu Community Library have the highest record of attendance followed by Sherigu library coming second for daily attendance but third for the night sessions and vice versa with the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library. The upgrade of the Sumbrungu library with all the fans working and a lot of games for fun accounts for the highest record of patronages. I’m hopeful that if the fans issues are address at Sherigu and Gowrie community library, their patronage will also improve.
The librarians express their appreciation for the books I came with from Burkina Faso which have been shared with the respective libraries. They thanked Cesrud/Favl for the continual support to their respective community libraries.
Biblionef Ghana provided last week, to Sumbrungu Community Library, an amazing amount of material: 1250 books, 4 laptops computers, 3 tablets, 1 flat screen led TV, 1 DVD player, 54 plastic chairs for nursery and lower primary pupils, 10 plastic tables, 2 tables for the laptops, 2 kinder boxes, 2 shelves, 1 printer, 3 carpet mats and pillows for those would like to sit or lie down whiles reading, 4 plastic basket that serve also as shelves, and 5 or so different games.
After a review meeting with the school teachers at the Women’s Meeting Hall on the donations, the teachers were asked to go and have a look at the work that has been done in the Sumbrungu Library. The teachers were impressed with what they saw and assured everyone that they would work closely with CESRUD-FAVL by encouraging their pupils to visit the library. The Executive director of CESRUD Mr. Rex Asanga thanked Biblionef Ghana’s team and Madam Wia from the Netherlands for the support given to the library and hoped they will continue to collaborate to give everyone the joy of reading.
Pupils of St.Charles Lwanga were very happy seeing the library with more books and learning materials. At one point we had to stop some pupils from entering the library because the room was getting crowded; they all wanted to catch a glimpse of the inside!
A team (Mrs Patricia Arthur and Anita with Mr. Isaac joining them the following day) from Biblionef Ghana arrived in Bolgatanga on 8 March 2018. Madam Wia from the Netherlands is expected to join them on the 13th, After taking some rest at the Commi Ci Commi Ca hotel in Bolga town for few hours, they came straight to the Sumbrungu library. They have sent the library about 1,250 new books, a flat screen led TV, DVD player, 54 plastic chairs for nursery and lower primary kids, 10 plastic small tables, four laptop computers and three Samsung tablets. Incredible! John Salifu Cesrud education project coordinator was very helpful in coordinating all the material delivery and distribution.
Last November 2017 Paul Ayutoliya went down to Accra and was able to purchase a set of new books for the three libraries of Sumbrungu, Sherigu, and Gowrie-Kunkua. I forgot to post a picture then, so here it is!
Paul Ayutoliya, FAVL-CESRUD library coordinator writes:
Rex Asanga, Cesrud Director, was able to get support from an NGO called Biblionef Ghana. Biblionef Ghana was able to support 20 basics (Primary and Junior High) schools in Sumbrungu West B circuit with donation of story books for pupils and small shelves to stock the books. Selected teachers from the 20 schools were taken through a two days training by official of Biblionef who came from Accra on how to manage their school libraries, I took part in that training, Mr. Rex have asked that as I tour those basic schools with the libraries, whatever support or technical assistance they need that I able to support I should do so. I am hopeful this year that there is going to be more collaboration with teachers of the beneficiary school to help the young ones enjoy reading. Let me note that the school libraries only operate during school hours, during the night session many of the patrons from far who have develop interest for reading do join their peers at the Sumbrungu Community Library for reading and/ or learning.
Officials from Biblionef Ghana as part of the training workshop visited some the schools and interacted with pupils and teachers, they also paid a visit to the Sumbrungu Community Library with Mr. Rex. They were very impressed with the materials they saw stock in the library for users. They expressed their appreciations to the FAVL for the laudable initiative and promised to get the library either two desktop computers or laptops and other reading materials when they return this year in March to visit the school libraries and assess how the libraries are functioning.