By Patrick Biddah
The Ghana Library Authority, has taken delivery of 100 books from Wacam , a Non Governmental Organisation.
The books contain poems written and compiled by the Executive Director of Wacam, Mr. Daniel Adu- Owusu Koranteng, as well as about his life journey .
At a ceremony yesterday to donate the books , Mr. Owusu- Koranteng, indicated that he has been a beneficiary of the library and was convinced that giving back, is the surest way of providing a platform to others to also have access to reading materials.
He said, the Youth seem to be losing interest in reading and there was the need for every well-meaning Ghanaian to help reverse the trend.
“ The youth are not learning anything. Social media is doing little to their reading culture which is why everyone including parents must get involve”, he stressed.
Aside the donation of the books to the Ghana Library Authority, Mr. Owusu–Koranteng, also indicated that copies of the books can be found at the Legon Book Shop and soon to be on Amazon.
Receiving the books , the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Library Authority, Mr. Hayford Siaw, was happy about a beneficiary of the library coming back to help stock the shelves.
According to him, the Authority has declared 2022 ‘ The Year Of Books’ which is a campaign to drive the call to receive as many books to equip the libraries across the country.
The campaign, he revealed is yielding positive response with many responding to the campaign which by and large has resulted in resourcing the public libraries.
“ In the 71 years of the Ghana Library, there has not been a massive amount of expansion than since 2017 where the public libraries have moved from 61 to 109 and the target is to open about 260 to cover all the districts , he noted.
This, he further revealed has been accompanied with an increase in the number of visits to the libraries from 400, 000 in 2017 to one million visiting currently.
The digital app of the Authority, he added has also seen some significant downloads of about 2,000 currently.