PARTICIPATION IN THE CHIRCHILL KIDS FESTIVAL SEPT 2016

Participation in the Churchill Kids Festival at Carnivore grounds

Churchill Kids Festival is an event that seeks to promote reading and learning among children, exploration of children talent as well are help children embrace reading as an exciting activity. Knls Participated in the event on 3rd September 2016 which was hosted at Carnivore Grounds where over 8,000 children and 3,000 adults. The event was filled with lots of fun activities hosted by various exhibitors and participants in the event. At the knls stand, fun activities included painting, colouring, read aloud events, public speaking, singing, dancing, and spelling competitions. Children who exhibited exemplary performance were rewarded. A lot of interest and enthusiasm was also recorded among the small children especially with their great interest in picture books and educative toys. The librarians participating in the event were drawn from Knls Kibera, Nairobi Area and Buruburu libraries. Through interactions with parents and guardians of the children present, the librarians were able to have fruitful interactions with parents.

In order to make reading interesting to young children, it is important to integrate the same with fun and excitement. As they grow up, they shall appreciate its importance and have the drive to do it on their own without it being pushed on them.

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Launch of the e-Readers program – knls Timau

 

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 held on 23rd November 2016 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.

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MAKTABA AWARDS

Knls Kisumu Branch Scoops top position at Maktaba Awards 2016

 

The knls Kisumu Branch emerged top by winning the overall prize in this year’s Maktaba’s Library of the Year Award (LOYA) program. For the library to get to such a level of recognition, the staff have worked hard in delivering services that have a positive impact on people’s lives. The award program seeks to recognize excellence in the provision of Library and information services among libraries in Kenya. It also promotes a culture of continuous improvement in order to ensure that libraries always remain responsive to the ever changing customer needs. Through the overall win by knls Kisumu branch, it is clear that Kenya National Library Service is committed to rendering of quality services to the customers as well as transforming the lives of member communities.

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HIV Awareness Training Forum

HIV Awareness Training Forum

The Kenya National Library Service organized a HIV awareness forum which took place on 21st April 2016 at its headquarters in Buruburu. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, abbreviated as HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). HIV touches the lives of children and families in every part of our country with the western part being severely affected.The program was aimed at raising awareness of HIV among teenagers and young adults through informing them facts about HIV, promoting self responsibility, reduce stigma associated with HIV positive people and teaching them how to avoid HIV which to date still remains an incurable disease. Global statistics indicate that there were an estimate 2 million people who got infected with HIV in the year 2015. Even though it was a decline as compared to the previous year, more effort needs to put in place to deal with the epidemic. According to statistics in Kenya, the rate of infection among teenagers and young adults within the age group of 12 – 24 years has increased hence the need to raise awareness among people within this age bracket.

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Kids extravaganza

knls Kids Extravaganza

knls Buruburu library played host to the knls Kids Extravaganza that was held on 23rd April 2016, an event whose objective was to expose the children to different environments, giving them an opportunity to interact, share and have fun. The program is meant to expose children to new ideas, enhance their public speaking skills and boost their confidence while interacting with enormous collection of information resources at the library. Over a hundred and fifty children book club patrons drawn from Kibera Branch, Nairobi Area Branch and Buruburu Branch converged at the junior section of Buruburu Library at Mezzanine floor. Also in attendance, were junior library patrons from Buruburu branch.

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SLOP PROGRAM - MURANG'A 2016

Schools Library Outreach Program (SLOP), the case of knls Murang’a Branch

Knls Murang’a Branch has benefited immensely from the support of Book Aid International (BAI) through various means like book donations, programs and activities aimed at provision of access to information as well as making libraries exciting reading spaces for both children and teenagers. Book donations received at knls Murang’a branch are estimated at 60% due to the Health Hub project where the branch benefited with several health related books. This was indeed a great blessing to the students studying at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Murang’a where the institution went further to establish a partnership with the library in order to make good utility of the books and also safeguard the library from loosing such critical resources. As such, students leaving the college after clearing their studies have to be cleared from the library before they are finally cleared by the learning institution. The high usage of the books donated by BAI is evidenced by the borrower statistics that are recorded at the library.

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knls Hosts the New American Embassy Regional Information Resource Officer 2016

knls Hosts the New American Embassy Regional Information Resource Officer

Kenya National Library Service (knls) hosted the New Regional Information Resource Officer posted at the American Embassy in Nairobi, Ms Alka Bhatngagar on the . She was accompanied by the American Reference Centre (ARC) Director, George Kamau and American Corner Coordinators from Djibuti, Zanzibar and Tanzania. She was received by the knls Director Mr. Richard Atuti who briefed her about knls and its operations. Knls enjoys a partnership with the American Embassy through the establishment of American Corners in two of its public libraries; knls Kisumu Branch and knls Nakuru Branch. Through this partnership, knls has benefited through books, playaway gadgets, computers, photocopiers, printers, e-granaries and support in organizing activities among others. Library patrons within those regions have heavily patronised the library due to the e-resources available for students, researchers, trainers, farmers and general knowledge materials. The e-granary provides over thirty million databases of resource materials that are available offline.

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Kangema Library

New Library in Kangema

The new “Dr. John Michuki Memorial Library – Kangema” is the latest addition to the existing Kenya National Library Branches which brings the total number of branches to sixty one. Located at the Kangema Divisional Headquarters, the magnificent library is adjacent to the Kangema CDF offices, the Sub County headquarters and the Divisional administration offices for the region. The Library has large sections to hold around 300 adults at the adult section and 300 children at the junior section. In addition, the library has an ICT resource centre which is equipped with 15 computers, a meeting room and the administrative offices for the staff. The library has a neat and attractive design and is in a serene environment which makes it conducive for the library patrons. The Library is a product of a community initiative implemented by Kangema Constituency Development Fund (CDF). It is the first library in the country where the construction has been fully funded by CDF, which is a clear demonstration of great leadership in empowering the community with information resources. The library opened its doors to the public on the first week of August 2015.

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2016 Chinese Hanban corner Launched at knls Nairobi Area Library

Chinese Hanban corner Launched at 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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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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