approach to libraries
Ever since the
early days, the OCLF has set out to promote the joy of reading and
the sustainability of library structures and materials in cost-effective
ways. To meet this end, the OCLF has adopted the following principles:
To provide a safe, clean and quiet environment.
To oblige children to wash their hands before entering the library.
emphasize and teach careful book care.
To supply books which are culturally relevant and meaningful and
are entrusted to a designated and trained librarian.
To offer free librarian training, start-up materials and on-going
support to community libraries.
help those wishing to open a children’s library. Please see
our publication: How to Set Up Community Libraries for Children
(English PDF 52
Kb) or Comment établir une bibliothèque
communautaire pour enfants (au français PDF
52 Kb) and to offer workshops to promote reading.
The Benefit of Books Workshop (PDF
give free literacy classes to those who have not received formal
Download Literacy Guidelines (PDF
233Kb) and/or Suggestions for Literacy Instructors
encourage expression through music, cultural dancing and visual
encourage, whenever and wherever possible, the joy of reading.
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from the Marondera Children's Library, Zimbabwe
delight in a puzzle donated by OCLF
How grateful am I to you.
You make me all so great,
to read and write,
to give account of my soul.
Take root in my life
and make me a useful instrument.
by Mary, a teenage literacy student
at the Kathy Knowles Community Library, Accra