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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.
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.
A medical camp was organized at knls Kibera in partnership with AMREF Health Africa, City Eye Hospital and Ushirika Medical Clinic & Maternity Services on 31st May 2018 at the Library grounds. The medical camp was attended by residents of Kibera and the Neighbouring Otiende Estate. Among the Medical Services provided was Blood pressure testing, blood sugar, BMI, HIV testing and Counselling, Eye Clinic and eye care, provision of medicine and spectacles. Residents expressed great joy in the medical services provided and many said it afforded them an opportunity to easily access medical attention without having to pay any consultation fee. Where there were cases that could not be handled at the Camp, patients were referred to other neighbouring hospitals for further attention.
By the close of the medical camp at 2:30 pm, over 300 persons had received medical attention. Knls took the opportunity to raise awareness about the other services that the potential clients would enjoy at the library and encouraged the parents to send their children to the library. Lots of people who had not been to the library were amazed by the benefits they could enjoy but were not aware of the same prior to the medical camp.
knls Kericho in Partnership with Kipsigis Museum held a cultural exhibition from Monday 16th April to Saturday 21st April 2018. The exhibition was an education media centre, an invaluable teaching and a learning source for all, be they in primary, secondary, college students or the general public. Books about the Kalenjin community and culture were on display si
nce they largely comprise the community living in the area. The library offered their hall as a venue to showcase the various artifacts of the Kipsigis community and e-resource facilities for people to learn more about what is documented online about the community. The event was graced by the Deputy Governor Kericho County, Susan Kikwai and CEC Education and Culture Mrs Ednah Ruto. The exhibition goal was to celebrate the culture of the Kipsigis and the Kalenjin at large and as well highlight the positive values of the communities.
Timau Library benefited with 50 e-reader devices from the current partnership program between knls and Worldreader dubbed “Libraries E-reading Activities and Partnership (LEAP)”. The librarians equally received training on how to manage the devices, install recommended updates and assist library patrons on their use. As part of awareness creation and promotion of their usage, a launch activity was organized at the library where the library committee members, stakeholders in the education sector and opinion leaders within the region were also invited.
Charles Kabugi the Vice Chairman of the Library Committee expressed his joy in seeing that knls continually brought new to programs to the library which has helped in increasing the usage of the facility and he promised to support the awareness initiatives through his interaction with neighbours, teachers of different schools and churches.
The program was successfully launched at the centre where the visitors got to learn a lot on how they can benefit from the devices. In addition, the community members lauded the efforts of the two institutions in working hard to offer exciting reading and learning partnerships to the library users in the region. Mr. Joseph Kigweta, the director of Good Shepherd Digital Academy said that more pupils from his school had enrolled to become library members after the devices were introduced in the library, as evidenced by the number of endorsement on the library membership sought by the pupils.