Raise your hand if you or your children ever participated in a library program. Hearing a story by a librarian and doing an activity like a craft or a game was fun and another way to learn (you can put your hands down now). At Kenya Connect, we now hold a weekly Saturday Storytime program with children flocking to the center to hear a read aloud story and to create and learn through the power of stories.
Last week, Mentor Monicah read the book, "You Matter" by Christian Robinson. The colorful book helped the children know why they matter in this world. The colorful illustrations were fun to see and the children shared why they matter with each other before creating an "I Matter" flower. Another story featured "This is the Sunflower," written by Lola M. Schaefer and illustrated by Donald Crews. Students learned that sunflower seeds are used to make oil and are also dispersed by birds. Another Storytime featured the fabulous book, "A Library," by Nikki Giovanni. The children heard what happens in the library like learning "to be quick and smart and to sail your dreams." Joshua shared, "I read book about electricity and electronics in the library and now I want to become an electric engineer." Afterwards the children played library bingo to learn more of what's in a library.
After each week's storytime, the children can check out books from our library of 35,000 books to bring home. In our rural community, children would not have access to the incredible resources of a library and the thousands of books without Kenya Connect.
Your donation helps fuel this weekly program. Our team is inspired by the children who come each week eager to hear a story and to create. It is a fun safe activity that helps them dream beyond their village. This coupled with our LitMom, LitClub, and other literacy programs are helping us build a community of readers. Thank you for choosing Kenya Connect and for making our Saturday Storytime and other library programs a reality. The gift of books, stories and reading is one that lasts a lifetime.
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