Friday, October 10, 2008

Another IRIN article, this one on libraries in Africa

I'm a little skeptical of the book boxes, and the thrust of the article- that something new is happening, seems a little "cheerleadery"... But read more....
MBABANE, 1 September 2005 (IRIN) - African libraries are discovering new roles in society - no longer stuffy repositories of tattered books, but centres of community relevance where the youth can learn the habits of good citizenship.

"We are rethinking what a library is supposed to be. In Africa it can be much more than a warehouse to keep books," Katherine Parr, a consultant with the International Reading Association (IRA) working in Uganda, told IRIN.

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