Taita Taveta County has received a consignment of books from the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) to boost the book stock in libraries across the county.
The books, which will be distributed to Voi, Wundanyi and Werugha libraries, contain diverse topics to nurture the reading culture and enrich the intellectual affluence of students and the general public across the county.
Speaking while receiving the consignment on Thursday in Voi, County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Education, Libraries and Vocational Training Centres, Gloria Monikombo, advised that in order to reclaim high education standards there was urgent need for residents to embrace a reading culture.
Monikombo said that apart from the reading materials, the libraries have been stocked with computers which offer e-books, audiobooks, online databases and digital resources that expand information beyond the confines of the library itself.
She stated that the libraries are strategically located where youth can access them easily and use the computers for research and enhance their digital literacy.
Monikombo added that the computers offer opportunities for them to learn programming and creative expression through various software applications and get empowered with essential skills and knowledge that can earn them a living through the government’s Ajira Digital Programme and others.
She added that apart from being educational centres, the libraries also host workshops, seminars and educational programmes.
Accompanied by Senior Librarian Winfred Mdali and head of Voi KNLS branch Mercy Kiseu, the minister urged other institutions and well-wishers to donate more books to the library.
By Michael Oduor | firstname.lastname@example.org
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