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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.
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.