Sharing the Joy of Reading with an African Child
for 25 years

Working together

Local district assemblies, including the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, value our role. They provide land for library development and pay staff salaries and utilities.

The local Osu Library Fund Board is always there to help.

Kathy Knowles with Accra's Mayor, the Hon. Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, following the opening of the Korle Gonno Community Library, November 2014

Kathy Knowles with Accra’s Mayor, the Hon. Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, following the opening of the Korle Gonno Community Library on November 19, 2014

Carla Bannerman in front of the Korle Gonno Community Library

Carla Bannerman in front of the Korle Gonno Community Library

It’s been just over two years since I joined the OLF and yet it has been so fulfilling.

The OLF is the epitome of love and compassion for mankind – a network of selfless persons who are making such a lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged children, non-literate adults and other users under the noble leadership of Kathy Knowles.

I was impressed from the very beginning and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to help maintain the high standards of the library: encouraging positive attitudes of employees towards everyone who steps into the library; inspiring children to read wide; building on their talents; promoting responsibility; instilling in adult literacy students a ‘can-do’ spirit, and giving meticulous attention to cleanliness and maintenance of facilities.

As one who has loved to read since childhood, the highlight of my work has been to see the sparkle in the eyes of the children as they listen with rapt attention to stories read to them, to witness them read through the pages on their own, to watch them participate in making beautiful, creative arts and crafts, and to observe them play games and hold their dance and drama rehearsals. It’s heartwarming to see them get so comfortable with the libraries and treat them as their second homes. Whenever the children have read to me personally, I have been sure of their dazzling future and hence the bright future of Ghana, as these children are our future.

The OLF has come thus far and made great impact. I honestly am proud to have had the opportunity to contribute my quota so far in ensuring the smooth operation of the libraries under my supervision. Challenges have come up, but the passion has always been greater.

My gratitude goes to Mrs. Moira Ewa for bringing me on board, and to Mrs. Kathy Knowles for accepting me as one of her own. The staff of OLF have been my backbone and the children, my inspiration.

Happy 25th Birthday OLF; Long Long Live Osu Library Fund!!!

Carla Bannerman, Accra Metropolitan Assembly library supervisor

Emma 2From a little acorn of a basket of books in a garden, it has grown to nine massive oak trees of eight large libraries and as many as 200 initiatives in Ghana and beyond.

Such a remarkable story; giving opportunities for children – poor and rich alike – to  savour the joy derived from the numerous pages of books on a shelf.

A sense of community, friendship and self-fulfillment transcending time, age, people and cultures has been cultivated through the extraordinary influence of your libraries.

We congratulate you on 25 years of broadening minds, delighting hearts and enriching the lives of millions of African children and adults through books.

Emma Amoo-Gottfried, Osu Library Fund Director, Ghana

Florence 2Florence Adjepong, Osu Library Fund Director, Ghana

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