P7 Students First Visit to the Library
Super excited is how students and teachers feel about the new library! we're happy to report that the new library opened as planned on July 20th just one week after the new school librarian began work. Our U.S. librarian volunteer, Kiersten helped train Lucy, the new library for two weeks in July.
The ten new book shelves as well as the librarian's desk and chair arrived while we were there. A local carpenter from Kitgum had to build the furniture to our order. Four long library tables should be delivered by next week. Students will be using plastic chairs until we can afford longer lasting wood chairs.
We are in the process of counting all the library books but think there is around 1600 books on the shelves. There are all kinds of books: teacher resource books, teacher guide books, pupil text books, classroom sets of books, reading books from America, Ugandan readers, student resources, even some picture books with few words for the very earliest readers in P1 (kindergarten). 1600 might seem like a lot of books but it's not so much if you consider that there are 600 students and almost 20 teachers and staff that will use the library.
Teachers have already signed up their classes for special weekly times to use the library. Our oldest students in P7 (6th grade) are very excited to have the privilege of using the library by themselves for additional study time. The teachers are using the second room as a teacher resoure room which is where the laptops will be stored once the solar system is completed by the start of the 3rd term in late September.
Funding is still needed for three important items that remain to be completed:
- inside and outside painting of the llibrary
- purchase of additional pupil textbooks for all classes in their four main subjects of English, Math, Science and Social Studies.
Thanks so much for helping to the teachers' and students' dream of a library become reality. If you know friends or relatives that love reading, books and education, please let them know about our project.