Since we first met 25 years ago, Joanna Felih and I have worked as a team to develop the library project. This includes making numerous visits to libraries in Ghana – each time encouraging librarians, offering our support and learning new ideas.
In 2007, we travelled to Tanzania to instruct teachers living in rural areas how to start a library with a trunk full of books. In 2010, we went to Spain to receive the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award on behalf of the Osu Children’s Library Fund. She has also hosted librarians from Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Benin and shared her experiences.
She is known as our ‘mother librarian’ and for a very good reason! Kathy Knowles
Note: When we correspond she signs as ‘Joanna’ and that is how I refer to her. In Ghana, her name is usually spelled with a single n. This means that throughout the website you will see different spellings depending on who is writing! Kathy Knowles
This video was recorded in May 2015