Celebrations in the Lubuto Libraries

Last Thursday was World Book Day. To commemorate this I showed the boys at Fountain of Hope Lubuto Library how to make their own mini books from a sheet of A4 paper and we spent a happy morning creating our own masterpieces. My particular favourite (not that I have favourites…) was Put Me In the Zoo, Mwiya Skyboy, an interesting adaptation of the Dr Seuss classic!

On Tuesday this week we celebrated Youth Day in Zambia, and the Lubuto Library Project took a central role in the event that took place at Fountain of Hope. We masterminded a dancing competition, which was hugely successful with the participants and the big crowd watching, and some boys from the LubutoDrama group performed a piece which they had devised with Kasela, Fountain of Hope Lubuto Librarian-in-Training and LubutoDrama facilitator. I also took some face paints and spent a full morning (and a large part of the afternoon) painting the faces of literally hundreds of children. It was a wonderful day and lovely to see the boys and girls alike taking part in several celebratory activities and really showing their talents.


It may sound as if I have not spent much time at Ngwerere Lubuto Library recently – but I had a wonderful day there yesterday, as well. I had a brainstorming session with Steven, the Library Manager there, and we discussed activities that we can develop for the children there. I am very excited about some of the things we have planned – so watch this space!


About Lubuto Library Blog

A Lubuto library is a special place designed for street kids and other marginalized children and youth in Africa. In the safe haven of the library, children can look at books, be read to and read for themselves. They can develop their talents and express themselves through the visual and performing arts, or communicate and learn with OLPC laptops. They can receive mentoring and guidance and participate in programs on health and the environment. Lubuto libraries open the world to children with no opportunities, allowing them to explore their heritage and learn about others through varied and enriching library programs.
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One Response to Celebrations in the Lubuto Libraries

  1. Jane Meyers says:

    What fun ways to commemorate World Book and World Youth Days, Nikki! I can’t imagine painting hundreds of faces – certainly nothing you or I ever learned in library school, but obviously a great addition to the lives of our users that day!

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