Tinga Tinga Training

The second training of children’s librarians from 21 libraries (Mbalambala, Mutyambua, Lagam, Nyilima, Kisumu, Murang’a, Eldoret, Kakamega, Kinyambu, Wundanyi, Malindi, Karatina, Lusumu, Kisii, Kabarnet, Kithasyu, Timau, Awendo, Kericho, Kilifi, Laikipia, Kibera and Nyeri) was conducted between 28th May and 30th May, 2013 at a cost of Kshs. 849,000. The objectives of the training were to equip children librarians with the requisite skills and create exciting spaces and activities for children.

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The Health Information Hub

The health Information hub was launched in Nakuru on 26th April 2013 by BAI Head of Programmes, Jill Haynes and the knls Director, Mr. Richard Atuti. The event was attended by about 50 health workers from Nakuru (on invitation). Participants appreciated knls and BAI’s gesture of providing them with a rich collection of health information, which they said would help them in improving their professions. Together with Nakuru, other health hubs sponsored by Elsevier Foundation through BAI were established in Thika, Isiolo, Mombasa, Embu, Kabarnet, Garissa, Wundanyi, Kericho, Laikipia, Nyilima, Murang’a, Buruburu, Nakuru, Mwingi, and Dzitsoni.

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National Library of Kenya under construction

The Nairobi area library has experienced significant growth in terms of the number of users who visit the library on a regular basis. A visit to the library can attest to this as one is likely to witness large crowds of people congregated at the library entrance in the early morning hours as they await official opening time. While the population of Nairobi has continued to grow with more people requiring library services, the library has not been able to keep pace with this growth, thus the existing facilities are inadequate to cater for this growing number of users. The Kenya National Library Service (knls) therefore faces the challenge of adequately catering for this increasing number of library users as well as responding to their diverse needs (see above picture where library users queue to gain access to the limited spaces at the Nairobi Area library)

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New Nakuru library opens its doors!

As a provincial library, Nakuru library was initially set up to cater for the needs of the expansive Rift Valley province. According to the 2009 census, Nakuru County has a population of 1,603,325 and is expected to continue growing as more and more people migrate into the county in search of arable land and to exploit the business opportunities available in the region. Nakuru town is the fourth largest urban centre in Kenya after Nairobi Mombasa and Kisumu with an estimated population of over 500,000 people.

The library catchment area covers Nakuru town, Njoro-Mau Summit, Kuresoi, Subukia-Nyahururu, and Marigat-Eldama Ravine regions. As the main business hub for the region, Nakuru has experienced significant growth in both the business and education sector where almost every public university has established a satellite campus in the town. While this provides a ready market for the library, it also poses capacity challenges as the current library is inadequate to cater for this large population. Within Nakuru Municipality, the library serves 26 primary schools, 18 Secondary schools, over 20 colleges and higher learning institutions, health facilities, banks and Non-governmental organizations.

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