Launch of the Chinese Hanban Corner at the knls Nairobi Area Library

The Kenya National Library Service (knls) Nairobi Area Branch hosted the Launch of the Chinese Hanban Corner at the Maktaba Hall on 28th April 2015. The successful event brought together the Chinese language teaching institutions, partners from the French Embassy, government officials, knls Library staff, library patrons, media and the general public. The event begun with the visitors getting a tour of the knls Nairobi Area Library, National Library Division, Book Processing Department and a tour of the Upcoming New Library. This was followed by the Launch of the Corner, entertainment, speeches and an interactive session where visitors were able to network and sample the information materials available at the Corner. All the key guests present applauded knls and Hanban for the establishment of the corner, which they said was a great resource for those who want to learn the Chinese Language.

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THE NEW NAKURU LIBRARY

The knls Nakuru library has come a long way where the journey to set up the library began in 1975, when the Kenya National Library Service Board requested the Municipal Council of Nakuru to avail facilities that could be used in the provichildren entertain guests with a traditional dance during the eventsion of library services to Nakuru residents. Upon favourable response, knls Nakuru branch was established in February 1976 at Starehe hall located off Kalewa road in Bondeni area of Nakuru Municipality. The library had a floor space of approximately 275sq metres with a sitting capacity of 140 adults and 50 children.

Nakuru library was initially set up to cater for the needs of the then expansive Rift Valley Province. According to the 2009 census, Nakuru County has a population of 1,603,325 and is expected to continue growing as more and more people migrate into the county in search of arable land and to exploit the business opportunities available in the region. Nakuru town is the fourth largest urban centre in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu with an estimated population of over 500,000 people.  Due to the increased population within Nakuru town, the library patronage rose and soon the facility was overstretched in the provision of library and information services. As a result, there was need to establish a larger facility that could serve the region adequately. The then Municipal Council of Nakuru supported the initiative by allocating knls a parcel of land in 1995 where the new library could be set up, and that was how the fate of the current new facility was sealed.

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Maktaba Awards 2014

Maktaba Awards is an annual event that aims to recognize excellence in the provision of library and information services in Kenya. The 6th Edition of the Maktaba Awards took place on 19th September 2014 at the Kenya National Museum, Louise Leakey Auditorium. The event was organized by the Goethe-Institut Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association. The award is modelled on the German Library of the Year Award which Goethe-Institut as the founder partner sought to introduce in the country.  The award hopes to inject more professionalism, creativity and innovation in the library sector within the country.

The award has several categories within which libraries are clustered due to their mode of establishment, purposes served, clients served and the mandate that they seek to fulfil. A total of 77 libraries participated in this year’s competition. A panel of judges went through the documents and did verifications where necessary before arriving at their final verdict. Winning libraries received trophies, cash prizes, book donations, equipment donations and recognition certificates.

This year’s event was sponsored by Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts, Book Aid International, Worldreader, Goethe-Institut, Kenya Library Association, The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and Radio Africa Group. One of the sponsors of the event Book Aid International (BAI) donated 200 books to the three top libraries which totalled to around 5,000 new books.

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Official opening of the knls Narok Library

Narok Library was officially opened on Wednesday, 11th of September 2013. The Library is situated next to the Narok Stadium grounds along the Narok/Bomet road. The Library will be a major empowerment tool to the residents of Narok, educational institutions and the Maa Community at large. The library is in a serene environment which is a kilometre away from the town. The library compound offers a conducive environment for studies and leisure reading. The construction and equipping of the library has been funded by the Government of Kenya at a cost of about Kshs. 50 million.

The launch event was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Hassan Wario Arero, Ph.D. Other guests who attended the event were the Narok Governor Mr. Samuel Tunai Ole Kuntai, Narok Deputy Governor Aruasa Evalyn Chepkirui Aruasa, Narok County Assembly Speaker Hon. Nabulu Ole Kamuaro, County Commissioner Hassan K. Farrah, knls Chairman Silas Kobia, knls Board, knls Director Richard Atuti, county executives, county representatives, Heads of Departments within the Narok County among many other leaders.

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