The Ghana Library Authority (GLA) has disclosed that over a million people visited its libraries dotted across the country in 2019.
According to the head of corporate affairs for the GLA, Jemimah Ansong said the patronage for the year skyrocketed due to the massive publicity and activities the “Year of Reading” initiative received.
The GLA dubbed 2019 as the “Year of Reading” to whip-up the interest of reading amongst Ghanaians. The initiative was also aimed at promoting the existence of public libraries, to encourage patronage across the country and also to promote reading among Ghanaians as part of its anniversary celebrations.
Recounting the activities under the “Year of Reading” initiative, Mrs. Ansong noted that the number of visits to the library recorded in 2019 was significantly higher than in 2018.
“We held reading festivals across the country starting from the district, regional levels that cumulated in the national reading competition which western region won. Due to these promotional interventions, we saw an upsurge in our patronage. In 2018 we had recorded 7 hundred thousand new visits but in 2019 we recorded 1 million new visits” she stated.
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Mrs. Ansong disclosed that the accomplishment chalked by the “Year of Reading” has motivated the GLA to launch the “Year of Learning” which is aimed at setting up training to equip the skills of all librarians in the various senior high schools and also encourage students to utilize what they have learned.
By: Henry Mensah | universnewsroom.