What's going on in Ghana libraries?

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studentsreading.jpgDuring Paul Ayutoliya's most recent visit to the Ghana libraries on May 17th, he talked with students at the Sumbrungu Community library about ways in which the libraries may be improved in order to increase attendance. Their responses focused primarily on the distance of the library from their homes. An additional concern was that the fans in the Sumbrungu library have not been functioning, causing the inside of the library to be extremely hot and stuffy. Other suggestions included controlling the noise levels in the library during certain hours of the day so that students who are studying may be able to focus better and to have more group activities that will encourage shy students to be more comfortable with their peers.

The Gowrie Community Library is currently experiencing a power outage due to a large storm which recently hit the area. Workers have been diligently trying to restore power. However, in the meantime, the Gowrie library has been using solar lamps for the library's night time sessions.

Students at the Sherigu library continue to read story books whenever they have the chance, and look forward to Paul's visits for group readings and discussions about the moral lessons that are being portrayed in the stories. 

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Books, reading, and libraries relevant to Africa by Michael Kevane, co-Director of FAVL and economist at Santa Clara University.

Other contributors include Kate Parry, FAVL-East Africa director, FAVL Burkina Faso representative Koura Donkoui, FAVL Burkina Faso program manager Krystle Nanema, and FAVL friends Emilie Crofton and Elisee Sare.

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