knls in partnership with Book Aid International (BAI) are implementing a project dubbed ‘Digital Connections: Kio Kits and books for libraries in Kenya’. The project’s aim is to support development of knls libraries to serve communities in Kenya and to attract more children to an environment conducive to develop the habit of reading. The project components include;
- Creation of five new safe Children Corners
- Provision of Kio Kits to five established Children Corners
- Book donations and Local purchases and
- Training for Librarians.
The Digital connections project covers ten branches (knls Kisii, Kithasyu, Murang’a, Kericho, Rumuruti, Karatina, Timau, Kinyambu, Silibwet, Rambula). Five branches have received Kio Kits which are; knls Kithasyu, Kisii, Rumuruti, Murang’a and Kericho. The other five will receive support to establish and equip the children’s corners.
The knls/BAI Digital Connections Kio Kit Training workshop for 10 librarians was held on the 22nd -24th May 2018. The main objective of the training was to equip librarians with skills on how to use Kio Kits in their work with children. Each Kio Kit contains 40 Tablets (a total of 200 Tablets) in a secure and sturdy box, pre-loaded with educational content for primary school children.
Mobile information literacy (MIL) is the use of mobile devices to access and share e-resources and information. The MIL cascade training, facilitated by 3 knls trainers (Sarah Ogembo, Raymond Chepkwony and Michael Kazungu) was conducted on 7th – 8th May for twelve (12) ICT officers. knls ICT officers are responsible for managing and maintaining digital technology in knls libraries, and for developing technology skills of librarians and library users. This training was aimed at building capacity for the trainees to cascade mobile information literacy skills to colleagues and community members.
Training on general TOT abilities and ICT curriculum review was held on 9th – 11th May and facilitated by Susan Schnuer, EIFL and Nyasha Sithole from Masiphumelele Community Library-Capetown. The ICT officers reviewed their curriculum and developed individual action plans for cascade trainings in their respective regions.
The SILL cascade training for 29 participants (19 TOTs and 10 Librarians) facilitated by 3 knls trainers (Mary Kinyanjui, Miriam Mureithi and Jacobed Masila) and Susan Schnuer-EIFL, was held on 1st to 2nd May 2018. SILL is a leadership training aimed at building the librarians’ capacity to solve problems that may arise while introducing new services in their libraries. The Library Spaces subject training was held on 3rd May 2018 and facilitated by Ari Katz, a trainer from International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). The training develops staff ability to innovate, to use library spaces in creative ways, and to take the lead in implementing action plans.
The forum was organized by knls Nyeri with partnership with Member of County Assembly Nyeri, Hon Patrick Mutahi who holds the youth docket. The forum sought to address the issues of use of social media, career guide, goal setting and relationship with God. Participants were informed of the need to make quality use of social media since some of the items they share there might not be retrievable and they affect their image as students, job seekers and members of the society.
Knls also carried out a user education activity in order to raise awareness about knls Services and encourage good utility of the library resources. The session ended with an open session where the youth engaged the MCA on their areas of concern. More than 120 youths attended the forum and they thanked the management for the program.
Hon J.N Michuki Memorial Library in conjunction with Kangema University & College Students Network (KUCSN) held a reading promotion event with the aim of creating awareness of the library and promoting the reading culture. The theme of this event was “Enhancing the reading culture”. The event was prepared as part of creating awareness and encouraging the senior citizen, teenagers and junior readers in making good use of the library through reading. As a way of reaching out to the target group, the library partnered with KISCN and Ranet FM which broadcasts around Kangema area. The event involved a procession caravan, an awareness forum at the shopping centre and a public Barraza at the library grounds where brochures were also distributed.
The event was sponsored by Aberdare Hotel with 200 bottles of drinking water; Arden Brook Hotel 100 bottle of sodas, Aspendos Dairy gave 300 packets of milk and KNLS- Kangema and KUSCN provided 450 cakes.
A career day was organized at knls Nakuru where the key guest was Dr. Joshua Aura who is a distinguished author of Accounting books and revision kits and a Principal of Regional Centre of Management College located in Nairobi. He addressed issues that students have to deal with in their student life, early stages of their career, packaging themselves for the job environment and career choice. He also encouraged students to consider taking courses that would ensure that they are marketable and knowledgeable in their career field. He also donated 100 revision kit books that he has authored to the library.
Three knls Libraries were invited to participate in the launch of Learning for Life, a programme that aims at encouraging learners to develop a reading culture and to take reading beyond the purpose of passing exams. The programme targets learners within Nakuru County, with a special emphasis on those living with disability. It acknowledges that reading for leisure allows learners to develop critical thinking skills and enhance once creativity.
The programme was initiated by Nakuru County First Lady H.E. Elizabeth Kinyanjui and was launched at Milimani Primary School in Naivasha, an integrated Public School with 3,000 learners. Knls was represented by 7 staff from Naivasha, Gilgil and Nakuru Libraries. Other invited guests included Teachers, Pupils, Parents, Worldreader, Story Moja and Moran Publishers. H. E. the First lady in her speech, acknowledged unique information materials available at knls for learners living with disability. The first phase of the program shall see the enrolment of 25 primary schools with our three branches and more numbers of schools will be enrolled as the program progresses to the other phases.
The Rift Valley Reading Association (RVRA) in partnership with Faculty of Education, Egerton University and knls Nakuru branch opened a children community library at the DEOs office on 25th May 2018. The Chief guest was Purity Kavuri, Librarian in charge, knls Nakuru. The library is expected to provide services to primary schools in Njoro Sub County. RVRA runs Lit clubs in 10 primary schools and wished to extend the program to more schools with the help of knls. During the launch, knls donated books valued at kshs. 100,000 and made a commitment to provide technical support to the children library.
knls Buruburu in conjunction with Zamaleo Act (a Performing Arts Group) hosted the Sigana International Storytelling festival on 29th May 2018 at Buruburu Library. The event brought together artists from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Africa. The eight-day event was to be hosted on different venues on different days in order to promote story telling in Kenya. It was well attended by 622 people, consisting for pupils and teachers from 23 schools within and around Buruburu Estate. The numbers were overwhelming for an event at the library and exceeded the invited guests, which also showed the growing interest for such activities organized at knls libraries. The objective of the Storytelling festival was;
- To create an appreciation among participants of the wisdom and beauty of storytelling as a powerful means of teaching, communication and entertainment.
- To promote networking among participants.
- Showcase different ways of storytelling from people from diverse regions of the World.
- To explore and strengthen ways of enriching the worldwide movement of the art of storytelling.
- Develop structures and processes of ensuring the festival achieves an annual calendar status with a worldwide respect and profile.
This being an international event knls positioned itself as an Information and Recreational Hub which encourages creativity and connects the present with the past.
Awareness creation has been a key focus in ensuring that knls increases the patronage of the various libraries for the purpose of ensuring best utility of the Boards facilities by Kenyan citizens. During this quarter, knls participated in two radio talk shows which are Radio Amani and Radio MBCI that broadcast within Nakuru County. The two radio interviews were conducted on 3rd and 4th May 2018 during the morning show. Through the media channels, awareness was created about the mandate of knls, services offered, programs that are of benefit to the community and as well responded to inquiries of the audience.