knls Kibera Library held a Reading Promotion Campaign on 21st February 2014, with the aim of creating fun and excitement around books among children and to encourage them to become life-long readers. The ceremony was presided over by Dr. Dominic Mwenja Miramar University (California), Francis Mwongela from Co-operative University College of Kenya and Dr. Tanui (Moi University). The theme of the day was: ‘‘Transforming Lives through books and building a nation of happy readers". The main goals of the event were to; Promote Reading culture and enhance learning skills, Create awareness of the available library services, Promote the library as a great place to spend leisure time and have fun, and encourage schools interaction through competitions.
The event was attended by children from; St. Christine Primary, Hope Academy, Joy Springs, St. Charles Lwanga, Anajali Primary, St. Monica, Imani Education Centre, Lang’ata West Primary and Ngei Primary School. In addition, we also had children from the Kibera Community present at the event. The children got to an opportunity to have fun through the various competitions and interaction with their peers from other schools. Also in attendance were students form the Co-operative University who played a key role in coordinating the activities of the day as volunteers and in addition made the function amusing to children.
The event created an opportunity for children from the invited schools to interact and compete in an exciting environment and for them to share their artistic talents. There was no shortage of storytelling, poetry, music, short thematic skits and dance as the children progressively aimed to outdo themselves and impress their peers.
A total of 500 children were involved and ten teachers attended the function. A large number of community members joined the schools for the function. During the event the following activities were conducted and winners awarded presents: Dictation, English composition Writing, Insha writing, Drawing, Poems reciting, Tag of war, dancing, among others. Fun and laughter filled the atmosphere as the children had their faces painted and enjoyed brilliant performances from the talented students of the Cooperative University as well as the invited storyteller.
All the guests and teachers congratulated Kenya National Library Service (knls) management together with Kibera Librarian and other collaborators for organizing the event. They also eluded that the library was an important icon of development within the slum area. The only challenge left for the residents of Kibera is to make good use of the facility in acquiring information and knowledge so as to transform their livelihoods.