Masindi has moved a stride in literacy, unveiling a fairly permanent home for a new library thanks to local innovations.
Part of the completed structure worth about 60 million shillings was built with a monthly saving of 500.000 shillings.
A monthly grant of 500,000 shillings from Uganda national library board meant to run the Masindi town council library activities is what was saved for four years without the donor's knowledge.
Masindi town council also supplemented the savings with locally collected revenue to build the library.
As a token of appreciation for the good work, the Uganda National Library Board has selected Masindi town council to host this year's East African Book week; from 14th to 19th September under the theme: iA reading parent, a reading childi
Pardon Rugira, the Acting Assistant Town Clerk explains:
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The Library Board has also contributed three million shillings for furniture and bookshelves for new library.
The library was housed in a dilapidated building without shutters, whose ownership is also claimed by an Indian.
The new one is in a quiet environment, adjacent to the town council offices, unlike the old one which was on a highway next to a noisy bar.
The organizers of the Book Week are working hard in order to avoid problems like previous national days celebrated in Masindi have been dull.
Francis Businge, the Acting education officer for Masindi town council says the planning is in high gear.
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Despite the development, the few books in the library, some of them patched-up are so old and weather-beaten.
However, Businge adds that it is another campaign to have the library restocked to fit in modern times.
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Among others, the new library will also have a section for children