The Taru Community Library was launched in 2009, near the end of the annual Kenya Keys’ visit to Taru. While Kenya Keys’ Directors and interns were in Taru they searched for and secured a suitable location for a small community library. And with the help of some villagers, they got started painting walls and preparing the space for books.
It’s pretty safe to say that no community library, large or small, is more loved or more used than the Taru Community Library. We are continually impressed by how well villagers care for the books and how frequently they visit the library.
We are excited for the opportunity to replicate the success of this library by building a standalone library for the community. It will be the first library in the region to house separate collections, including a resource section, children’s section, fiction, nonfiction, and more. Unlike the current library, this new library will have a computer lab with internet access: the only location in the region where internet connectivity will be available.
Another wonderful feature of the library is that it will have dedicated space used for literacy classes, mentoring workshops, leadership training, and community meetings. It will have a full-time, formally-trained librarian who will conduct research about the use of library resources and patterns of library use. Importantly, the library will provide opportunities for graduating students to volunteer in formal internships; this will allow the students to perform essential service while gaining valuable professional and academic skills.
Lastly, this library will provide access to educational resources not found elsewhere: local and global newspapers and periodicals, test-specific resource books, and others. This is a very exciting development for the community and will significantly impact the educational culture of the area. Click here to donate to the building of the library.