Narok knls library
Along Narok- Bomet Road, Opposite St. Mary School
P. O. Box 305 code 20500
The Narok knls branch is located approximately one kilometre away from the busy Narok town. It is located in a serene place along the Narok-Bomet road where one can have a topographical view of the surrounding environment. It is the first public library in the Maa region and it is expected to play a major role of supplementing formal education, stimulate interest in books and reading for enjoyment and recreation within the county. The Maasai Community has been underprivileged in provision of access to information and this resource centre will serve as a key resource in empowering the pastoralist community. Narok is a transit town and a gateway to the eighth wonder of the world, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Visitors to this town now have the opportunity to understand more about the Maasai community and what Narok County offers to make their visits confortable and exciting by stopping at the Narok Library for information on their areas of interest.
The Narok library has a unique design “Butterfly design” which is a concept that was conceived by the Director, Mr. Richard Atuti and shared it with the architect at the initial stage of the building drawing. This made it possible to have good space utility due to the gradual slope of the parcel of land. This imperative facility will be a safe place to meet friends and enhance social cohesion, use the internet or get help with school assignments especially to school children who can use them to enhance and strengthen the content being taught in school, in doing this, more children who have not accessed education will be encouraged to consider education as an important ambition worth to be achieved in one’s existence.
The commencement of construction works at the Narok library begun on 25th March 2011 when the construction site was handed over to the contractor, which was closely followed by the ground breaking ceremony that was held on 8th April 3011 led by the then Minister of State for National Herritage and Culture Hon. William Ole Ntimama.
Narok is a town west of Nairobi that supports Kenya’s economy in the south west of the country along the Great Rift Valley. Narok is the District Capital of the Narok County and stands as the major centre of commerce in the district. According to the 1999 census, Narok County had a total population of 365,750 residents. Narok town is located South-West of the Country and has a population of 40,000 people who are mostly from the Maasai Community. The Maasai community have a very rich culture which is recognised worldwide and is celebrated by lots of people all over the world. They are largely a pastoralist community and their main mode of economic activity is livestock farming. The community have been experiencing challenges in accessing better education due to their long held traditional practices, pastoralism life and access to educational facilities. The construction of the library in Narok will be indeed a major contributor in knowledge building in their society.
Book Stock and Staffing
When Narok library opened its doors in 11th September 2013, it was equipped with acollection of 14,964 books worth Kshs.9, 570,610 which will serve both the Adult and children sections of the library. In addition, more books were donated by a community leader who hails from the region. The library will also stock Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Audio and Audio-visual materials. The users of the facility will also have an opportunity to access online resources through the public access computers.
Services and Facilities
The library has two larger reading halls, offices, coffee house, multipurpose hall and ICT centre.The library has a sitting capacity of 350 adults and 250 children readers. The multi-purpose hall has a sitting capacity of 200 people and is available for use by the community and the institutions around the Narok area. The library compound also offers a serene environment for outdoor reading. A cyber facility for 15 users is also available for those who would like to make use of the digital information or access information online.
The Narok library was built at a cost of 32 million and is so far one of the biggest government projects within the Narok County. Together with equipping the facility with furniture, electronics items, information resources and internet access facilities, the current investment can be estimated to be around 42 million. This is a clear demonstration that the government is committed to ensuring that people are empowered with information resources in order to significantly contribute to the development of the nation. Farmers in agricultural and livestock farming are also able to benefit fromthe National Farmers Information Service (NAFIS), an online solution to farmers in providing lots of information on best practices and information guides on farming activities.
The existence of the library in the area is a major contributor to enhancing literacy levels within the region promotes academic excellence among pupils and students within the region. Many schools, colleges, universities and other institutions benefit from the library through provision of information, a calm place to study and carry out research activities. The library resources are of great use to those pursuing academic courses and enable them have a great environment to carry out their studies. The extra services provided to the clients like reprographic services, printing, and internet browsing ensures that readers have access to a one stop solutions centre.
The facility also has lots of documented information about the Maa community and the other communities living within the area. Tourists visiting the area and local citizens who would like to know more about the Maasai, their culture and heritage will find the library a suitable place to seek knowledge. The Maasai community has a very rich culture and heritage and the Narok library will be an authority in providing such information.
The state of the art facility joins other information sources within Narok as an important tool of development within the library. Libraries play a key role in increasing the literacy levels, spurring innovation and creativity within communities. Establishment of the Library in the region augments the devolved structure of government which ensures that citizens access services easily and within their proximities.
With the guidance of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the newly enacted constitution, it is evident that knowledge and information will play pivotal role to create a society that is cohesive and competitive both regionally and globally.
A library plays many roles in our society today and it has remained a vital tool in every individual’s life in every stage in life. Education and literacy levels has faced and still faces serious deep-seated difficulties that stem from the culture and values of our people and therefore a community library is initiated to transform the lives of the people and positively impact the level of literacy and awareness.