In the bid to foster community participation and development, the Kwara State University Library donated books to Government Secondary School, Malete and Government Day Secondary School Elemere to mark this year’s World Book day 2020.
The occasion which also featured an orientation programme was held on 5th March, 2020, at the Government Secondary School, Malete, and attracted students from both schools who competed in a debate as part of events marking the World Book day.
Declaring the event open, the Library Coordinator of Kwara State University, Dr. Florence Ajani reiterated the importance of the day stressing that it is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly of the reading culture which is becoming extinct in Nigeria.
Dr. Ajani said the theme of this year’s celebration: “share a million stories”, sought to motivate students to be creative in writing and using their imaginative capacity to develop their intellectual capacity.
She noted that considering the bad situation of secondary school libraries the Kwara State University library staff has the desire to raise their standards to an enviable state.
Dr. Ajani stated that the library is viewed as an important component of education as without the library, no meaningful education effort can be carried out, she added.
According to the Coordinator the library contains records of human culture in diverse formats and languages, preserved, organised and interpreted to meet broad and varying needs of individuals and groups for education, information and personal development including recreation and leisure.
The Library Coordinator noted that libraries are established for the systematic collection, organisation, preservation and dissemination of knowledge and information noting that it is very important for humans to preserve and maintain the valuable knowledge and information contained in the books and documents because it is paramount to preserve knowledge for the coming generation.
Staff from the Kwara State University library also used the occasion to inaugurate a book club to help improve the reading culture of students. Students were also taken on a tour of the Kwara State University Library to motivate them to be great reader and leaders.