Karacel Community Library (KCL), located within the heart of FICH Headquarters in Akongatar, Iceme Sub-county, Oyam district, has become a beacon of knowledge and inspiration for learners across the region. Recently, KCL had the privilege of hosting 40 enthusiastic learners from Angweta Primary School, providing them with an enriching experience that kindled their love for reading and opened doors to endless learning opportunities. Led by the passionate librarian, Winnie Aol, the visit aimed to promote a culture of reading among young minds. Let’s delve into the inspiring journey of these young learners and how KCL is making a significant impact on the community:
Fostering a Reading Culture
Winnie Aol, the librarian at KCL, is a firm believer in the transformative power of books. She welcomed the Angweta Primary School learners with open arms and kick-started their visit with a guided tour of the library’s premises. The learners were introduced to the vast array of books and resources available to learners from lower primary to secondary schools, as well as adults. This introduction laid the foundation for a memorable reading session, which was not only educational but also fun and engaging.
Empowering Young Readers
Joan Akullu, a teacher at Angweta Primary School, expressed her delight at the wealth of resources available at KCL. The opportunity to bring primary two learners to the library promises to boost their reading abilities significantly. The kids’ excitement during the visit was visible, and their eagerness to return to the library is a testament to the impact KCL is making in their educational journey. By nurturing a love for reading at a young age, KCL is setting these learners on a path of lifelong learning and growth.
Diverse and Inclusive Resources
Among the books explored by the young learners were literacy books in Lango Language, featuring the Lango alphabet and authored by Mango Tree and Lango Language Board. The presence of resources in the local language ensures inclusivity and enhances the learners’ connection to their culture and heritage.
A Community Effort
Karacel Community Library owes its success to the collective efforts of kind-hearted individuals. The library opened its doors to the public last year, thanks to generous book donations from FICH board member Susan Block. Since then, it has continued to expand its collection, with Peace Corps volunteer Gregory Ripke also contributing books earlier this year. The library’s opening hours from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, demonstrate its commitment to bridging knowledge gaps and providing easy access to information for the community.
The transformative power of education and the joy of reading was on full display during the visit of Angweta Primary School learners to Karacel Community Library. Winnie Aol and the entire KCL team have succeeded in igniting a passion for reading among these young minds, fostering a culture of curiosity and learning that will shape their future endeavors positively. With ongoing support from individuals and the community, Karacel Community Library is set to continue empowering generations to come, paving the way for a brighter and more educated society in Oyam district.