The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries. —Carl Sagan
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. —Walter Cronkite
I have recounted this same story around a million times. At the point when my family and I moved to the United Kingdom when I was eight (8) years of age, I recall that out of fear of sounding strange and “African”, I would scarcely talk at Primary school. As a result, I had trouble passing basic class tests and making friends, even holding a conversation longer than some few words was a huge problem for me. After some few months, my form teacher Miss Folds, saw past what others termed as “shyness” and saw a young girl struggling with literacy and the English dialect. What my teacher did next, would change my life, both academically and socially; for that, I am eternally indebted to her. I was assigned a personal English teacher for one hour each school day, to teach me how to read and improve my speech. At first, that one hour would drag on and would not seem to want to end. I vividly remember that I started out reading books meant for babies (literally) and what others would have thought of as “embarrassing,” at my young age, I embraced as an opportunity to better myself and do well. Within two or three months, I was reading at an advanced level and when I was not at school, I was borrowing books from the public library to read on my own. It got to a point reading was all I would want to do all day.
Till today, I Rhoda Agilinko, still love to read. These are my two main reasons:
1. Reading gets me away from my own issues. One minute I can find myself dealing with a very stressful situation and then the minute I pick up a book of interest, I am transported into someone else’s imagined world and the best part is that I get to stay there for as long as I want.
2. Reading gives me things to talk about. Once I’ve read about it, you cannot tell me I don’t know anything about a particular subject.
The library, Homeland Ghana, is developing is as to build a reading culture amongst the pupils in Siniensi Primary and Junior High School. For a long time, the students there have had a very limited view of the world and so we want to expose them to other worlds, cultures and interesting things. This project is a very personal one and we cannot stress its importance enough.
This past weekend, my amazing team and I began the “delightful” work of renovating the existing school library. We painted the library and this week, we plan on doing a lot more. We cannot wait for you all to see the finished project. In the meantime, enjoy this short clip. More to videos and pictures to come.