Make use of national library services, youth urged

Primary and secondary school students have been encouraged to fully utilise national library services so as to improve their reading culture and cut cost of purchasing textbooks.

Librarian in charge of J.N. Michuki Memorial library in Kangema, Mr. Zachary Nderu observed that use of social media platforms is occasioning lack of interest in reading among young learners.

Nderu while speaking to KNA underscored the need to cultivate reading culture among young people, saying it will help them develop organising, manipulating, evaluating and research skills.

He observed that use of facilities in national libraries will save parents money, as they can access all textbooks and internet for free at the national libraries.

The library has both old and new textbooks which support syllabus and we have also computers connected with internet to promote research, particularly by college and university students, said Nderu.

He said scores of students have not fully embraced the library services despite having various books which can be accessed easily and at a minimal cost.

We have many books for primary school pupils and advanced books for those in colleges and universities, but we usually receive few readers, added Nderu.

All national library branches, Nderu noted are connected with internet to assist those who want to do research, adding that they also have e-readers tablets fitted with more than 300 books to encourage young learners embrace digital literacy.

The books we have in our library support the current syllabus and if students may make use of the library, parents will be relieved the burden of purchasing books, noted the librarian.

Michuki Memorial was built by Kangema CDF and was handed to National Library Services. The facility was to relieve residents from visiting Murang’a or Othaya towns to access library services.

Nderu said they are targeting to get 200 readers in a day, noting that currently, at average, they receive about 100 users of the library on a daily basis.

We have partnered with university and college students from this sub county to help us create awareness of the facility and encourage young people to use the library, he added.

Source: Kenya News Agency