Isiolo Community Library in Eastern Kenya is one of the latest libraries to be transformed through our Children’s Corners project. Serving a population of 100,000, the library first opened in 2009.
The majority of people in Isiolo live in rural settlements outside the town and over two-thirds of families earn their living through livestock farming. Children are often required to help at home with household chores and looking after livestock, so school attendance can be irregular. Around a third of boys and a quarter of all girls drop out of primary school due to these pressures.
Although busy and well-used, before the Children’s Corner was established Isiolo Library wasn’t a particularly welcoming place for children. Now, with a collection of brand new books, training and resources, children are actively welcomed and encouraged as they begin their lifelong journey of reading.
Chief Librarian Rufus Githinji continues to petition Isiolo County Government to provide funding for electricity at the library, but for now the children are happy to make the most of what’s on offer during daylight hours.