The Ghana Library Authority says it will partially reopen some of its stationary facilities across the country to the general public from Monday, August 17, 2020.
According to the Head of Corporate Affairs of the Authority, Angela Osei Gyan, the reopening of the stationary libraries is to support readers in their learning activities as government eases COVID-19 restrictions.
Speaking on the Campus Exclusive show, Angela Gyan indicated that children will, however, be debarred access to the facilities and the adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures such as social distancing and wearing nose masks will be strictly observed at the premises.
Her comment follows the closure of the Authority’s libraries in the country due to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus.
“Some of our libraries will be opened from the 17th of this month [August 2020] and we will be observing all safety protocols, provide PPEs and we will make sure that our patrons wouldn’t stay there for long, but children wouldn’t be allowed in the library so not to risk their lives and books that we lent out will be quarantined when they [books] are returned.” She said.
Angela Gyan stated that the Authority will subsequently deploy mobile library vans to cater for readers who reside in communities that lack stationary library facility.
“We have 76 libraries in the country and it is not enough for a population of 30 million Ghanaians, so we were using the mobile library systems to reach people who do not have access to libraries. Since some of the libraries are going to reopen, the mobile libraries are also going to operate to reach those people in the hinterland.” She added.
She further expressed intentions of the Ghana Library Authority to resume activities relating to the celebration of its 70th Anniversary.
She explained that, as part of the commemoration of the anniversary, the Authority will launch a youth magazine for Senior High Schools in the next academic year, set up an endowment fund for the future generation and organize a national reading competition.
Meanwhile, she hinted that management of the Ghana Library Authority is collaborating with district assemblies in the perspective to get a library for each constituency.
Story by: Eli Djomekou | universnewsroom.com