Lubuto celebrates its 10th anniversary!
Focus on Lubuto Volunteers
National Symposium on the Zambia Library Service and Library Information Bill
Focus on staff training and education
Focus on Lubuto outreach
710 LubutoLiteracy lessons completed and ready to launch
Our fourth library!
Lubuto enters rural Zambia
Our 2013 Annual Report is now available
LubutoDrama as effective reading promotion
Early lessons from Mumuni Library
Lubuto collection research
Traditional storytelling event
A Leader for African Libraries
This month Lubuto, welcomes our newest staff member, Imanga Kayama!
Lubuto Libraries' Reach
Grace is a 10-year-old girl who is deaf, she can’t hear nor can she talk or sign. The children call her "chibulu" which means "deaf person" in the local language, Cinyanja. Every time she visits the library alone or with friends, she knows she firstly needs to sign her name on the sign-in sheet in the Reading Room, because she always asks for the pen, using basic hand signals. Despite her silent communication, she participates in almost every library program; it really amazes all of us, as library staff.
The first day in any new environment can be a pretty scary experience, expectations and anxiety are high, but the biggest fear of them all is “am I going to fit in?”
Last week, I got the chance to spend a few hours in our Fountain of Hope Library in Kamwala.... During my time at the library, I struck up conversation with Michael.* Michael told me his story in considerable detail and it was even more affecting because he is from my hometown up on the Copperbelt.
It’s back to school season and the Ngwerere Lubuto Library is not short of the excitement from the children. So, we've chosen to call it "Back to Lubuto" season.
One of the joys of visiting a Lubuto Library often is seeing familiar faces. The experience is enhanced by interacting with people you’ve seen around but never really got the chance to talk to. Under normal circumstances, this should be a happy experience but my meeting Naluyele for the first time actually had the opposite effect. It made me quite sad.
I run into lots of people in Zambia who ask me what I'm doing here. It's a fair question, and so I tell them: I'm a librarian-in-training, conducting collection evaluation research in children’s libraries. And more than once now the person I'm talking to has looked at me with bemusement and a little bit of pity and said, "A librarian? But here we don't have a reading culture."
I couldn’t wait to meet Zefe and Nolasco when I first heard their story from Brenda at Fountain of Hope regarding how they “stole” school.
The other day there was a girl sitting in the insaka. The insaka is one of the library buildings, a small, round, open space where children often gather. It's a "lobby" of sorts,
I am one of those weird people who loves public speaking. I find it invigorating. Even more than public speaking, though, I love reading. So it comes as a surprise to no one when I say that I love storytimes-- they are public reading, shared experiences in which I can make a story I love come alive for a group of children.
"I come to the library a lot and I love drawing pictures I find in books. I'd like to be an artist."
"I like to read about animals. I regularly attend Book Club and would like to be a doctor when I grow up."