Reading Promotion Campaign and Children Fun Day

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.

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Visit by the Barrie and Jean Berkley to knls Kibera Library

knls Kibera Library is set to expand its services in order to offer more empowerment and knowledge to the residents of Kibera slum. With support received from the Berkeley Trust, the library is set to complete the remaining part of the first floor. The construction works are on-going and furniture for use in that facility has already been acquired. As a result of the expansion, there will be more space for the readers and Practical Action (knls Partner) who will offer their knowledge node services at the resource centre. Barrie and Jean Berkleyvisited knls Kibera Library on 13th January 2013 to evaluate the progress at the resource centre and to express their commitment in empowering the community through knowledge.

Various children who patronize the library gave testimonials of how the library had offered them a conducive environment to undertake their studies. As a result, some of them performed very well in the recently announced Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results and were eagerly waiting to join secondary schools of their choice. The resource centre offered them books that they needed, comfortable and exciting reading spaces as well as innovative knowledge resources through the computer tablets.

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The service will allow children access online children stories in and outside the library where mobile digital librarian will regularly take resources to them. The service was officially launched at Murema primary school,Kasarani where teachers and pupils lauded the concept as it will go a long way to reach children who would not have otherwise accessed stories in our facility.

Online children stories now available in knls Buruburu to supplement the conventional books in the library. You can now access online children stories brought to you by our mobile digital librarian in your neighborhood.

The service is now Mobile online resources are also available to children who are constrained by some factors to come to the library to enjoy our services. This venture will boost book club activities in schools within our vicinity. It is easy to use, entertaining, no hustle of carrying books , delaying,loosing or damaging library books. It is very cost effective..All you need is a laptop, a projector and modem!

Filming for the KBC Sunrise Show

Filming at the Buruburu Junior section by KBC

KBC Sunrise show crew took a film at Buruburu library on Saturday 24thAugust 2013 and 28th September 2013. The activity is aimed at encouraging the reading culture among children and showcasing the library as a pleasant place to be for children. The programme was aired on Saturday 31st August 2013 and 5th October 2013 respectively at 10.15am. The programme is usually repeated on Fridays of the following week at 4.15pm. These efforts also go a long way in creating awareness on the various resource materials available in our libraries. The show also reaches out to several children across the country.