Paul Ayutoliya writes:
Matthew Adams arrived in Bolgatanga on the 1st of June 2016. I was already at Tamale station early waiting to receive him. We got to Sumbrungu at 9:00pm; I took him to one of the rooms in prepared for him. We entered the Sumbrungu library that very night of his arrival, the library by then was full of patrons doing serious studies; Mr. Matthew was happy what he saw with his eyes. Despite the heat in the library, patrons came in their number to the library. He thanked patrons for how warmly they received him in the library and encouraged them to take reading and learning serious. The patrons on their part also could not hide their joy about his visit and also his 'strange' English Language.
We called on Mr. Rex Asanga at his office the following day (Thursday) after visiting the computer lab at the Teachers Resource Centre in Sumbrungu where we have the computer classes during the vacation classes. Mr. Rex spent time interacting with Mr. Matthew. Rex touched on how the FAVL libraries started in Ghana, plans to expand the libraries but due to lack of financial committing on the part of Local Assembly the libraries are still only three even though many other place are yearning for these libraries. Matthew on his part thanked Mr. Rex for how he has been devoted and committed to seeing that the libraries keep running well despite his daily busy schedules.
Mr. Rex asked me to take him also to the Bolgatanga Regional library to have a look at it. At the regional library, we met the regional library director, his Vice and other staff of the library. They warmly welcome us, took us around the library and the computer lap. We interacted with the Director and his Vice the purpose of our visit to the library which was for Matthew to know where the Upper East regional library is situated and how it is function. They were happy for our visit and stated that, the performance of the library has been good as evidence by us.
From the regional library in Bolga, we continued our tour to the Sherigu community library; the time we got there the pupils were in class save only few users in the library. The librarian who was at post were full of joy upon seeing us, I took Matthew through the books shelves to see the state of the books in the library. Matthew was happy the libraries are in operation and the patronage recorded daily. We proceeded to the Gowrie Library; Matthew at the Gowrie library took part in playing the ludo game. It was all joy at the Gowrie as children run to the library to catch a glimpse of the visitor. We went to one of the nearby schools at the Gowrie community where we interacted with both teachers and pupils. Matthew here again called on pupils to take reading as a serious business by patronizing the library.
On Friday 3rd of June 2016, all the basics schools were having a climax of their cultural practice; the schools around the catchment area of Sumbrungu have theirs at the Kulbia Primary School premise which is not far from Sumbrungu community library. I took Matthew there to see how our schools perform their culture practice, indeed there was a lot of fun there seeing the wonderful drama displayed by pupils from various schools.
The staff of FAVL Ghana on the 4th of June 2016 had their end of month meeting for May 2016 which Matthew took part. We discussed amongst other things the need to intensify the visits the surrounding schools to prepare the minds of pupils about our intension to start the voluntarily after school reading program again, we intend starting the after school reading program in our small little way hence the need to talk to pupils to get them prepare for it. I distributed the books I brought from Burkina Faso to the librarians, on this day of our meeting; the librarians receive the books with great joy. Matthew helped a lot in registering the books that was distributed.
On Monday the 6th of June 2016 I went and saw Matthew off the Paga station in Bolga. I have since contacted him and He said he have arrived in Burkina safely. So in all, the visit was a successful and a great one, and I wish we receive more of such visitors from time to time.