Participation de FAVL au congrès de l’ABF à La Rochelle

Les 8 et 9 juin 2018, le représentant national Sanou Dounko de FAVL-BF a participé au congrès des bibliothécaires de France sous le thème : A servent les bibliothèques. Plusieurs autres bibliothécaires et exposants venus des quatre coins de l’Europe ont également pris part audit congrès. Le représentant national de FAVL-BF et Pascaline Rouamba, point focal de FAVL à CRS ont fait une présentation des activités et à quoi servent les bibliothèques du partenariat entre Béoog Biiga de CRS et FAVL-BF. La présentation a suscité beaucoup d’intérêt pour les participants. Ils ont salué les efforts fournis pour contribuer à l’amélioration du savoir lire et écrire des élèves. En plus de la présentation, ce fut des moments propices pour le représentant et Pascaline de discuter avec les participants sur les préoccupations et défis de ces bibliothèques.  Pour le représentant de FAVL-BF, cette première sortie en Europe est a salué car elle marque un début de partage, d’apprentissage avec des professionnels du livre mais aussi de nouer des relations avec d’autres associations et ONG de promotion de la lecture.

Summary of librarians’ reports for April 2018

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.

table users 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.


Initiative for Young African Library Innovators

The second IYALI 2018 call is out. In 2017 there was an really amazing group of 13 public librarians from Algeria, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia and a very interesting programme in Lithuania and Poland:

EIFL, AfLIA and IFLA is inviting African public librarians aged under 35 to apply to take part in a two-year learning initiative that will connect them to inspiring public libraries in Asia and Africa, and expose them to experiences and ideas from other developing and transition economy countries.  IYALI (short for Initiative for Young African Library Innovators) is a partnership between the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA), and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). IYALI aims to expand the professional horizons of African public librarians and help them see their own work and achievements in a new and different light.

The deadline for applications 9 February 2018. Find out more about the IYALI learning experience and how to apply here –