Monday, March 26, 2012

THE WORLDS READ ALOUD DAY MARCH 7 2012 - REACTING TO CHANGE IN THE AFRICAN LIBRARY

THE WORLDS READ ALOUD DAY MARCH 7 2012-REACTING TO CHANGE IN THE AFRICAN LIBRARY
As librarians before we even think of disseminating Information or even its retrieval for use, we must look at the encouragement of the readership thereof. And this can only be possible when we encourage the reading and writing culture among people, and this has to begin very early on in life.

It’s upon this backdrop that Litworld is spear heading the Worlds Read Aloud Day on March 7 2012. Litworld has discovered that “Words Change Worlds”, and its through the power of books, through story telling that cultivates literacy skills in the worlds most vulnerable children, through education, advocacy and innovation.

The world is changing in many ways and yet the library is still as important as it used to be many years ago, but I think even more on African soil because knowledge is still yet to permeate into the heartland of  Africa, down in the village where there are few libraries or non at all. With lots of challenges to enhance the accessibility of books and learning materials.

Africa is still positioning its self if any in the reaction to change in the library system globally, that influence the way library operates in terms of Information dissemination on a daily basis.

For all this change to be realized all those community libraries and others must react fast to the changing environment to make internet accessible, possible to make digitizing possible and to ensure factual knowledge to the information professionals . And thus libraries need to brand or enhance branding approaches that will leverage their services and position themselves as key players in social, economic and political development.

THE WORLD READ ALOUD DAY POEM
I hear the echo of a voice, reading aloud to the nations,
I listen to the story and what a story it is,
The story carries my mind and memory to far flung places,
But then
I realize I have had a journey of the mind and for a moment,
I forget about my environment and all my challenges in life.
I hear the echo of a voice, reading aloud to the nations,
I want to know why the voice reads aloud to the nations,
I am told it’s the worlds read aloud day.
I hear the echo of a voice, reading aloud to the nations
It mingles with the tweet of the singing birds, for a morning
Wake up call, for it’s just but morning,
The sun is just but rising, but the voice still goes on and strong,
The story carries with it the tells of literacy to the world, that the young
In the world can grow with strong minds of understanding and knowledge for life.
I hear the echo of a voice, reading aloud to the nations,
I listen to the story and what a story it is,
The sweet voice mingle with various other voices of nature,
The birds chirping, the sun rising, the wind blowing, the trees swaying,
The waves rising and the plains soaring with life.
Then I realize it’s not only, a voice reading aloud to the nations,
But its voices reading, all over the world, and finally,
The sun has gone down, its night and the bats are flying by,
I then continue to hear many other voices read aloud to,
The children into the deep of the night making it full of life.

By Lesley Koyi.

2 comments:

  1. This poem written by me was widely seen world over on Litworld website.

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  2. The African Library must embrace the change of perspective and the manner of its daily library activity to enhance full utility by users.

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