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The library tree : how a Canadian woman brought the joy of reading to a generation of African children
2013
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Summary
This is the inspiring story of a Canadian woman who transformed a simple afternoon of reading to a group of children in her backyard in Ghana, Africa, into seven large community libraries in poor areas of the country's capital, support for more than 200 smaller initiatives around Ghana and in other African countries, and a publishing venture that produces children's books in English and Swahili. Kathy Knowles now runs her volunteer-based Osu Children's Library Fund out of her Winnipeg home with twice-yearly trips to Ghana. Her work promoting libraries and literacy continues - construction is now underway on a three-storey library in the area of the capital known as Korle Gonno.
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Table of Contents
Author's Notep. 13
Introductionp. 17
Chapter 1New Beginningsp. 21
Chapter 2Her First Big Challengep. 30
Chapter 3A Shipping Container Transformedp. 36
Chapter 4Canadian Rootsp. 47
Chapter 5Return to the Home Frontp. 55
Chapter 6A Library for Nimap. 62
Chapter 7A Community Changedp. 75
Chapter 8The Gift of Literacyp. 89
Chapter 9More Libraries Take Rootp. 101
Chapter 10Birth of the Nima Maamobi Community Learning Centrep. 114
Chapter 11A Theatre for Nimap. 134
Chapter 12A Distinguished Visitor Recalls Ghana's Pastp. 141
Chapter 13In Praise of African Womenp. 146
Chapter 14A Home Away From Homep. 154
Chapter 15Oclf's Valued Volunteersp. 162
Chapter 16Reaching Out to the Disabledp. 175
Chapter 17Spreading the Joy of Reading Around Ghana-and Beyondp. 184
Chapter 18A Publishing Venture Takes Offp. 195
Chapter 13Challenges and Rewardsp. 208
Chapter 20A Lasting Legacyp. 214
Awards and Accoladesp. 223
Acknowledgementsp. 227
Indexp. 227
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