Library Of The Year Awards/ Maktaba Awards

knls participated in this year’s Library of the year awards (LOYA), which took place on 26th September 2013 at the Nairobi National Museum. The chief guest was the Director General of Vision 2030, Mugo Kibati.

Nairobi Area Library receive a certificate and cash award of Kshs. 30,000 for being the 1st Runner Up

He emphasized the need for librarians to be innovative and make the library a place where everyone yearns to be, in order to build their knowledge, which he acknowledged is an important ingredient towards the achievement of vision 2030.

Read more: Library Of The Year Awards/ Maktaba Awards

Reading Promotion Activities

Kibera Library

Kibera branch organized a reading tent, which attracted over 220 pupils and 10 teachers from the surrounding schools. The event was marked through storytelling, tongue twisters, singing, composition writing, abstract drawing, question and answer sessions, poetry, choral verses and short skits. Performances during the reading promotion at Kibera libraryChildren had an opportunity to showcase their public speaking skills, build their confidence, explore their talent and learn new things.

The main goal of the activity was to reach out to more potential users of the library.  The event was sponsored by Catholic University Library, Practical Action, Kenya Library Association and Cooperative University.

Read more: Reading Promotion Activities

Launch of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ADA) Section

The launch of the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) section took place on 20th June 2013 at the knls Buruburu Branch. The event was led by Serah Mugambi, who is in charge of counselling at knls and Wendy Gaya who is a program officer at NACADA. The section is equipped with information materials on alcohol, drug and substance abuse. Other information available at the section include, how to quit smoking and addiction which will be important to those already hooked up as well as trainers and professional counsellors. Initially knls Mombasa Branch had benefited from similar resources.

Reading and Camp Fire

Kisumu library and Kakamega County Scouts Association organized a four day reading and learning camp fire at Sigalagala Polytechnic and Primary school from 15th to 19th May 2013. The event was attended by 33 Primary schools, 34 high schools and three colleges with a total of 703 daily attendances. In attendance were also 12 District commissioners, scouts National trainers and teachers. The County Director of education officially opened the camp. In his remarks, he requested that such activities could be spread to other parts of the County.

Read more: Reading and Camp Fire