In reflection, I simply shake my head and think – incredible. As we have provided libraries the past 9 years, the administrators have constantly commented on the difference reading has made in concentration, expanded vocabulary, improved writing skills, and general knowledge.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who gives me a book I haven’t read.” The books are changing lives, but the continued friendships and love that are shared through LOL are changing lives as well.
Schools: Bombo Military High, Gangama Primary, Nabuyonga Primary, Fairway Primary
Libraries: Bombo Military Laurel Library, Gangama Laurel Library, Nabuyounga Laurel Library, Fairway Laurel Library
Students Served: 5000
June 27, 2011 – Tomorrow the real world hits. Up and out the gate at 7:00. I will be meeting class after class at each of our three new schools – one school a day for the next 3 days. After school, around 6:00, I will be meeting with the teachers and administrators showing them how their library is organized and the process of borrowing! Cheers!
We had a great Dell group work on May 15. They are returning volunteers who always accomplish so much. This time they completed 19 boxes, which was all we had. Pictured are James Greren, Shyrla Zapata, Kathy Hicks, Pablo Harrsch, Thang Pham, Michael Bishop, Daniel Rounds, Kristina Phillips, Amanda Zapata,and Diana Watkins. Not pictured was Randy Maynard.
Many thanks to this group of Dell volunteers who completed 12 boxes on April 10, the first books prepared for the 2016 libraries. Volunteering were Walter Carrion, Pascal Cohen-Hadria, Linda Lu, Bridget Montemayor, Lupe Guzman, Stacey Meyer, and Oralia Perez.
July 1, 2010 – The volunteer team from Illinois arrived at King’s College (a high school) around 10:00am. The school had planned the grand opening of the library at 4:00pm. In six hours, the team unpacked about 4,000 books, put them in Dewey order, shelved the books, hung maps and signage. They were ready for the opening right at 4:00! Read more on Trudy’s blog.
Schools: Wambwa Primary School, Namakwekwe Primary, Mbale High School, Martin Nkoyoyo Integrated School, Upland High School, Namirembe Primary School Libraries: Wambwa Laurel Library, Namakwekwe Laurel Library, Mbale Laurel Library, Martin Nkoyoyo Laurel Library, Upland Laurel Library, Namirembe Laurel Library Students Served: 4,500
Inspiring! I can’t think of another word that is more appropriate to describe the latest libraries in Uganda. All five are beautiful and well organized. Our men did a fantastic job building shelves and the ladies have become pros at placing the books in the correct Dewey order, and decorating to make the library an inviting place for the students and staff. Two of the libraries are smaller because the school’s student population is less – with three libraries being large.
Schools: Mbale Secondary, North Road Primary Libraries: Mbale Laurel Library, North Road Laurel Library Students Served: 7,100
“It is an undeniable fact that the books will have an immeasurable impact on the students of Mbale area in general and Bugokho Secondary School in particular. These books are an invisible ‘love’ handshake that will last forever.”
– Bugokho Headmistress
Schools: Namungoona Primary, Bat Valley Primary, Mengo Secondary School, St. Mary Kevin’s Orphans School Libraries: Namungoona Laurel Library, Bat Valley Laurel Library, Mengo Secondary Laurel, St. Mary Kevin’s Laurel Library Students Served: 4,600
What can volunteers from three states, some of whom have never even met each other, accomplish in just two weeks? They can enrich the lives of more than 9,000 Ugandan children. And, that’s just what 19 Libraries of Love volunteers did the first two weeks of June 2007 – completing five new projects and working with libraries created in 2005 and 2006.
School: Namatala Primary
Library: Namatala Laurel Library Students Served: 3,000
The library is indescribable. It is a large room with 8,500 books filling every bit of space on the bookshelves! The shelves wrap around three walls, with the computers across the fourth wall. We had a great time decorating the room with magnificent, huge, canvas wall hangings (posters) that say Reading is Magic, which have pictures of books and “fairy dust.” These are purple, gold, and white. We placed colorful posters showing the various sections of the Dewey Decimal System, as well as cards identifying the sections of the library (easy, fiction, nonfiction, reference)
School: Namirembe Laurel, Kampala Uganda
Students Served: 800
Huge grins, shrieks of delight, twinkling eyes, sharing, laughter, and a sea of gratitude were all part of the day as students and teachers came to hold, look at, and check-out books from Namirembe Laurel Library. The awe on their faces was overwhelming as each child chose a book for the first time!