Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries

by Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Girl-centered books to 60 village libraries
Jan 13, 2020

Books purchased to add to library collections

New books for the library
New books for the library

Attached are photos from most recent book purchase (November 2019), for the library in Niankorodougou, in southwestern Burkina Faso. The library is well-supported by the office of the mayor and rural council.

Some brief updates about other library support: The Kitengesa library in Uganda continues to thrive. This year a health reading camp was held for adult women, focusing on women’s cancer. Another reading camp was held for teenagers, and a further women’s reading camp is planned for later in the year. The Kitengesa Library Band continues to practice and perform.

In Burkina Faso, we are currently supporting 34 community libraries. Terrorist activity in northern Burkina Faso unfortunately has meant that four libraries are temporarily closed due to danger (schools and administrative buildings are targets.) For the libraries that are open, we continue to do the best we can to provide regular assistance to mayors and rural councils in managing the libraries, supply select libraries with new books, train librarians, and offer salary support for some of the librarians. Our Burkina team continues to produce photos books for young readers as well as books written by young people and illustrated with local illustrators.

In Ghana, our able partner organization CESRUD and the library coordinator continue to manage the three libraries of Sumbrungu, Gowrie-Kunkua, and Sherigu. These libraries regularly receive 30 or more visits a day- about 1,000 visits each month. They are open for night reading, as they are now connected to electricity. Donors this year helped fix the fans (it gets to 110 degrees during the day!). After school reading programs were held in September and are planned for this summer. All three libraries received several hundred new books over the course of the year thanks to support from Biblionef Ghana and the Ghana Book Trust.

Updates and lots of photos from all three countries are regularly posted to the FAVL blog.

A reader in Niankorodougou library
A reader in Niankorodougou library

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  • Allyson Carlyle
    Allyson Carlyle Looking at this list, it seems very, very heavy and difficult reading for kids & even teens. The photo shows some lighter reading, but (as a former children's librarian) you really need good stories for kids to make them want to read!
    • 1 year ago
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  • Michael
    Michael Appreciate the comment! You are right, this recent purchase was oriented towards the secondary school reader (mos tof the books are on the "programme" for secondary school). We do usually just buy children's books, but every now and then and then we buy some novels. The Nainkorodougou librarian is used a lot be... Read more »
    • 1 year ago
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