Advance copies of the
newly-published Kente for a King arrived in Winnipeg
on September 9, 2009. This beautifully illustrated book will be available
for distribution to libraries and stores in December.
In July 2009, Leila
Osman and Stephi Bell,
two volunteers from Ottawa, Ontario, teach recorders to enthusiastic library
members at the Kathy Knowles Community Library. The 80 recorders were
generously donated by the Ottawa Folklore Centre.
Saucers Annual Fundraising Dinner
a long-time OCLF volunteer, and Abigail Elisha, a librarian visiting from
Ghana, enjoy OCLF's fundraising dinner at Saucers Cafe in Winnipeg on
June 16, 2009. Abigail is holding hand knit toys made by Brenda
Graham, Joan's daughter.
June 4, 2009, Kathy Knowles received an Honorary Doctorate
of Laws in the field of Education from Queen's University in Kingston.
She is standing with David Dodge, Queen's Chancellor (r) and Thomas R.
Williams, Queen's Principal (l)
Masawoud and his mother, Adama, join
Kathy on the stage of the Nima Centre in April 2009 for the book launch
of The Lucky One.
There was a lot of
action at the first annual Library Sports Festival held
in November 2008.
from the Goi library in a performance about malaria and its prevention.
Kathy Knowles Theatre Company put on a moving performance of The
Legend of Aku Sika at the Nima Centre.
(more about drama programs)
Library members enthusiastically
carry the Canadian and Ghanaian flags for the annual KKCL sponsored
from the St. Cecilia School Library in Ho write their
On August 27, 2009
Kathy Knowles visited Kinston, North Carolina, and spoke to the Kinston
Rotary Club and Nancy Saunders of the Kinston Free
Press. The Club generously sponsors high school scholarships
for deserving members of the Nungua Community Library of Accra.
"I've decided that I'm going to apply to do my Masters in Literacy
Education next fall. I just thought I'd let you know because it is
definitely my experience in Ghana and my subsequent volunteering as
a literacy tutor that has led me down this path. Witnessing the impact
that OCLF has had on so many people is inspiring and I am excited
about participating more in this field of work! Thanks Kathy!"
Laurel Hansen (volunteer
Kathy reads My Happy Book with Peace,
the featured character in the book, and her friends.
Nuhu, an enthusiastic volunteer librarian from Tuutingli,
Ghana, encourages a library member. Haruna has done so since 2001!
A young girl in northern Ghana uses a pointer to help other library
members read aloud in unison.
wear their Joy of Reading staff uniforms for the group picture after
eagerly read OCLF books (see our
Agnenu, Ghana Education Service,Goi-Ada, Ghana: "The
moment you enter you will have a flare for reading." This quote
refers to the Kathy Knowles Community Library in Goi (July 2009)
Dodd, Timbuktu, Mali: The school is still going in the desert.
I was not present when the books were given out but I am told and
can believe they were thrilled to see their pictures in the books.
To look at all the pictures they were happy to tell each other stories
based on the pictures. (January 2009)
Maclean, Quantity Surveyor, Accra, Ghana: I think the Osu
Children's Library Fund is growing bigger and bigger and is a better
managed NGO than others I know of. I also think the Fund is not getting
enough coverage in the media as it should...Well done again. (September
Appiah, President of the Ghanaian Illustrators' Association: "Kathy,
we are very happy for the initiative and the thought given to us.
We owe the renewal and revival of the Association to you and we shall
always remember you for this."
Aligire, librarian at the Sumbrungu Library, Upper East region, Ghana:
Your book "Fati and the Old Man" was the best borrowed book
on record. Thank you. (April 2008)
Natividad from the Philippines: You have been my first inspiration
since I came across Deborah Cowley's write up about you in Reader's
Digest, March 2001. Now you have come a long way to see us through.
I praise and thank God for your giftness to literacy development all
over the world. (July 2007)
from Tanzania: Thank you for the books, they were a big "hit"
in Tanzania. We look forward to ordering more for future programs
Kithuka from Kenya: I am a librarian. I went through your
web site on children's libraries and I was very impressed. So keep
up the good work. (April 2006)
Etsey Dzikushie from New Adenta, Ghana: If it wasn't for
you and your family I wouldn't have cultivated the habit of reading.
I really thank you for the motivation you gave us when we were young
and even now. I really thank you very much,and hope to live by my
words of bringing a Library to New Adenta. (March 2006)