Mwingi Community Library under-utilised
Poor reading culture, low literacy levels and lack of awareness has led to under-utilisation of Mwingi Community Library, says David Kibor, Chief Librarian at the centre.
Speaking to Kenya News Agency in Mwingi on Wednesday, Kibor lamented that locals’ readership culture is wanting, adding that there is need for a paradigm shift to adopt a reading culture for information, education and pleasure.
“Though the library is known to community around the readership is not encouraging,” said Kibor.
He also added that they are to sensitizing the community and schools in the larger Mwingi about its existence.
“For a person to access our services, we charge Sh. 20 per day for non-members, however registration is free for anyone who wants to become a member,” stated Kibor.
The library is well equipped with all sort of books,ranging from religious to culture,social,economic and political, historical books,biographies and autobiographies, fiction book and course revision books.
“We have all that it takes to be a library,and we are connected with reliable WIFI network,” added Kibor.
Unlike many other national libraries countywide, the registration fee for membership to the Mwingi Community Library is free.
According to Kibor, after the registration process, a member is eligible of borrowing a book for only Sh. 20 for two weeks.
The library,whose vision is to be the hub of information and knowledge for empowerment and enable access to information for knowledge and transforming livelihoods respectively, was started in the year 2000 under the Ministry of Sports,Culture and Arts.
It is normally opened from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 6:30 pm and 08:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays.
“We source our books from the Kenya National Library Services (KNLS) Headquarters in Nairobi. However, we don’t receive book supplies from the Ministry of Education, ” confirmed Kibor.
He also addmited that the library is yet to receive the new approved syllabus books from the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
By Yobesh Onwong’a/Bernard Anangwe