The County Government of Nakuru has been challenged to improve the infrastructure around the Nakuru public Library.
The appeal was made by the Librarian in charge at the Nakuru branch of the Kenya National Library Services Purity Mutuku-Kavuri. She made the appeal while addressing participants at an award ceremony held at the American Corner on Tuesday this week.
“We are appealing to the county government to consider improving the facilities around the library. The stretch leading to the library is usually very dusty and muddy depending on the weather. The place around is also very dark after hours and we would appreciate some street lights,” appealed the librarian.
This, she added, would improve accessibility and the security of the library and its users.
The dusty ill-kempt road leading to the library off Moses Mudavadi road is a great contrast to the modern library that first opened its doors to the public in 2014. It is ranked among the top six public libraries in the world.
Over the years, the library has held numerous programs that have set it apart from the others. The programs that are carried out in partnership with various stakeholders have gone a long way in empowering the youth, women and other marginalized groups in the community around Nakuru.
During the Tuesday’s graduation ceremony, which was graced by the Nakuru County Director for Trade, Tourism and Industrialization, 47 participants were awarded certificates after showcasing the skills they had been imparted with.
“47 Participants have been empowered with Design thinking skills, effective communication and seven habits,” said Joseck Kweya who was one of the facilitators of the programs. He is the IT officer at the Library who was also an expert in Design Thinking.
In his remarks, the Chief Guest moved the audience with the inspiring story of his life that saw him struggle and rise from a menial labourer from an early age to his present position.
“The most important personal character you can possess is faith in yourself. Regardless of all the skills you can gain, if you have no faith in yourself, you will not achieve much,” said Mr Macharia.
He also challenged the participants to fully utilize the skills they had acquired to create solutions for the society and to create employment for themselves.