Kakuyuni Library opened on 12 October 2007 with a ceremony attended by the community and local officials.
The newly-appointed librarians’ first task was to conduct a survey of 305 local people’s reading habits. It reveals an adult population reporting 80% literacy, 99% of whom say they like reading books or newspapers. However, books are beyond most people’s means, and only 34% of the literate adults and 2% of primary children had ever used a library – until now!
The village lies about fifteen miles inland from the Coast, at the hub of a large population. Ten schools and a polytechnic are within walking distance of the new library which boasts a separate children’s section and an extra study room.
To increase spaces for reading, the area outside the library has been planted with a ‘living’ fence and a number of shelters (called makuti) to provide shade for tables and chairs. This can be seen in the photos and has really encouraged adults from the local community to visit the library.