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.
Nakuru Library with support from Goethe Institute is implementing a digital learning programme that aims at providing opportunities for the youth to access online courses in the Library. The programme was launched on 4th May 2018, with a stakeholder’s workshop that was officiated by Ms Elizabeth Wichenje of Goethe institute. The program will run from May to September 2018 and targets at least 100 participants who will go through training in five modules i.e. introduction to computers, journalism for social change, Html/CSS, Mobile information literacy, Blogging & Coding. Facilitators are drawn from the community and library staff.
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 total of 256 participant’s graduated having successfully completed various online short courses conducted in the library at no cost. This courses included: Introduction to computers; Journalism for social change, HTML/CSS, among other. Among the invited guests was the Senator Nakuru County Hon Susan Kihika who was represented by Ms Lucy Njeri. In her speech on behalf of the Senator, she observed that knls is greatly contributing towards creating jobs for the youth and reassured the library of her support. She promised to deliver some furniture before the end of the year. Among other invited guests were Ms Susan Schnuer from EIFL and Ari Katz from IREX.
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.
On 10th April 2018, 14th graduation ceremony for Basic ICT computer training was held at knls-Murang’a Conference Hall where a total of 48 students/trainees graduated. The program begun in 2013 and lessons are organized on a quarterly basis. The graduation ceremony was presided over by Mr. Julius from ICT Authority in the Ministry of Information who was the Guest of Honour. Other guests present included Mrs Ngure, Former Deputy Education Officer, in the Ministry of Education Murang’a County.
The grandaunts were awarded certificate of Basic ICT training after achieving the required standard of the training through internal examination. The grandaunts were appreciative on the role of knls in service delivery and requested that ICT training program to continue being carried out. The trainees are taken through computer packages that include Introduction to computers, Ms Word, Ms Excel, Ms Access, Ms PowerPoint, Ms Publisher and Internet and E-Mail by using Microsoft office 2013.