A christmas Piñata

Children and staff members from the Kathy Knowles Community Library, Osu, enjoy an annual tradition of breaking open a piñata. It was made at their library!

An exciting Workshop

Nima and Maamobi participants attended a workshop at the Nima Centre and learned how to make soap, hand sanitizer, beaded products, and leather sandals.

A reading clinic in Goi

Ghanaian children have been away from school since mid-March and will be returning in mid-January. During this period, librarians at Goi initiated an exciting reading clinic to help children with literacy-enhanced learning activities.

Kathy Knowles Community Library, Kablevu

On Sunday November 29, 2020, the people village of Kablevu witnessed the opening of their library. Children recited poetry, Kablevu’s youth group announced their support, and the chief pledged his gratitude. Everyone had the opportunity to visit inside. Afterwards the celebration continued with dancing and frozen yoghurt!

The Kablevu Library is almost finished

The salt mining village of Kablevu is looking forward to opening its new library, possibly next month. Bright Asare is in charge of the project and has done an outstanding job. Mabel Hoduameda has already shown outstanding leadership and enthusiasm in her librarian’s role.

Edward Kwame Modzakah, our faithful carpenter

Our wonderful carpenter has been with us since almost the beginning. He has made hundreds of well-crafted chairs, stools, tables, book shelves and puzzle racks. In addition, he lovingly restores some of our older furniture with sanding and repolishing.

Kathy Knowles Community Library Book club

Head librarian Joana Felih is a member of this new club. Their second novel is The Magic World of BIG ADAM by F.A. Rahman, a Ghanaian author. The story is about Adam. aka Big Adam because of his size. A challenge presents itself and Big Adam takes it on! Richmond Dzikushie, one of the first six library pioneers in 1990, kindly donated 20 copies.

music lessons on Zoom

Korle Gonno Community Library offers music lessons by Zoom thanks to German volunteers from Musiker ohne Grenzen (Music Without Borders). Prior to the pandemic volunteers came to Accra. Students are now learning the clarinet, oboe, bassoon, recorder, violin and cello. Teacher librarian Irene Togobo supervises the instruction and provides encouragement.

Remembering Baba Bukari

Everyone adored Baba. He first worked as a gardener at the Mamprobi Gale Community Library when it opened in 2001. After a few years, the City of Accra said he would have to leave because of his advancing age. Baba asked us if he could return part time, however it was only a matter of weeks before he resumed full time. When gardening became too difficult he took on security duties, never wanting to leave his ‘library family.’ He died on April 12, 2020, at the age of 86.