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RECENT EVENTS

Comic Book Writing for Literacy Vacation Activity
Over 100 children are participating in the 2013 long vacation programme, which features a workshop on creating comic books. This innovation is directed by Obi Emejulu, a professor of language arts and communication on sabbatical with the Department of Library and Information Science.

Obituary – Mrs. Edem Ikoku
Letter from CCL: With deep regret we report the death of our former patron and very active member, Mrs. Edem Ikoku, who as wife of former Vice-Chancellor Prof. Chimere Ikoku did so much for the University Women’s Association and Children’s Centre during her time on campus in the 1980s. Read our tribute and see the family memorial in link http://mrs-edem-ikoku.forevermissed.com/.

Reading/Football Club combines reading and sports
An innovation at the library is the reading/football club organized by Ngozi Osadebe. Members of the Cubs football (soccer) team also meet once a month to discuss a selected book. Recent titles read include two on the theme of bullying: a South African novel about bullying on social media (Bongani’s Secret by Gayle Smith) and a Nigerian novel on bullying based on appearance (Nwogo the Witch, by Cheryl Ann Obele)l. The club has held recent football matches with Uhere Study Centre, Ama-Ogbo, Alor Ulo and the University of Nigeria Secondary School. This initiative for encouraging adolescent reading was reported in Ngozi Osadebe’s article in the Journal of Library Innovation 2013 issue found at www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/215

Best School Library Competition awards winners
The competition aim was to foster primary school library development and encourage best practices. Twenty-three schools registered for the competition with a fee of N500.00; of these, 14 were schools with previously established libraries while 9 were schools just setting up a library. The competition kicked off with a workshop held at the Children’s Centre Library on February 28, 2012. Here, criteria for assessing school libraries and project work were explained, marks being awarded for accommodation, collections, personnel, use of the library, and quality of project work. Registered primary schools were visited three times by a team made up of Virginia Dike, Margaret Ngwuchukwu, Grace Onyebuchi and Elizabeth Babarinde.. The first visit was to ascertain the initial state of library development, the second to assess progress half way through the period, and the last to make the final evaluation. Four schools with older libraries stood out on all the criteria: these were Community Primary School II, Nru; Agu Achara II, Agu Achara I, and Community Primary School I, Nru. The best new school library was C.P.S. Amogbo, with Urban Primary School coming second. Winning school libraries received book prizes at an awards ceremony held in October 2012.

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