Excited about reading!
New books donated to the Chirano Library by the
Books For Africa Library Project
Now focusing on support for the 62 libraries set up in Ghana since 1997.
In the rural areas of Ghana, opportunities for young people to read books outside of school are very limited. Research has shown that leisure time reading has a huge impact on literacy, and literacy is strongly connected to moving out of poverty. Libraries also serve as a resource to the community in terms of technical skill development. Hence, libraries are an extremely important resource to the population of in rural areas.
Although libraries in the rural areas of Ghana are very precious resources, almost all of them face difficult challenges. Their economies of rural towns are typically very weak due to the flight to the cities in search of employment.
In an effort to keep currently operating libraries open, the Books For Africa Library Project (BFALP) visited seven libraries in the northern regions of Ghana. We met with the local librarians and the Board of Trustees of these libraries. All were facing difficulties paying their librarians. Hence, we went to the Coordinating Directors of their District Assemblies. On the whole, we met with a positive response and promises to help pay the librarian's salaries regularly. We are planning visits in 2017 to those libraries in southern Ghana which are still desirous of our support and training in librarianship. We have long been advocates of reading clubs and reading contests in libraries, and have already given most of the librarians some training. A primary focus will be to train local library board of trustees in fundraising techniques, and offer further training in support and management of their libraries.
The Bromleys continue to sell their book, If the Lord Does Not Build the House. You may order the book direct from the Bromleys at a
discount of 25%. $15.00 plus shipping (about $5) Order
by phone: 314-865-3733 or by e-mail: Contact Us
All proceeds will go to benefit the continued mission
work with the rural libraries and in promoting recovery
for alcoholics and drug addicts in Ghana.