Paul Ayutoliya writes:
The month began well, and the three FAVL libraries received heavy patronage. There were several activities organized in the libraries, including: group reading, Time To Share (TTS), and games. At the Sumbrungu library, I read a number of story books with patrons, particularly the lower and upper primary. The story books we read included All About Ama, the Fati's series, and The Lucky One. Additionally, the librarian, Timothy, read the story of Good Bye Amelia Jane by Deborah Allwright, Grandfather's Story of Shape by Brian Sargent and others, with some of the patrons. Many young adults visited the libraries during the evening sessions. They often brought their assignments from school, and worked together on mathematics or individually read science, English, or social studies. Others, of course, read story books from the library. Patrons of the library made a clear improvement on exams, and answered questions more proficiently at school.
The Sherigu library, also performed well during the month of October. Patrons from St. Peter and Paul, kindergarten, primary school, and junior high school were always present in the library, especially during the day time sessions, reading different kinds of story books. I had the opportunity of reading with patrons The Story of Amoako and The Forest by Deborah Cowley. The patrons read along with me in excitement and asked questions about anything that they did not understand. A patron by the name of Abagbire sought to know why people in Mim do not go to the forest on Fridays. I answered; Friday was a taboo day in Mim for anybody to go to the forest. I further explained to him that a taboo is something that is forbidden, meaning that it is something that you are not allowed to do by custom or due to societal norms. The librarian, Mr. Afeebikiya, also read some story books with groups of patrons and guided their reading when necessary.
The performance at the Gowrie community library was overall, the same. The attendance was very good, and a number of story books and other subject books were read. Additionally, patrons played the ludo game, puzzle, draughts, and others. Lastly, the Gowrie library also had excellent attendance during their night sessions.
Over the month, I visited some schools in the vicinities of the libraries and spoke to the pupils about the need to make reading a priority, and promoted the benefits of going to the libraries. To conclude, the patronage and performance in the libraries for the month of October was very good and we, the FAVL staff, are hopeful that the libraries will continue to see a growing level of patronage and performance in the coming months.