KNLS Officially Launches Virtual Library With Over 200K Reading Materials

The Kenya National Library Services (KNLS) has just launched a remarkable virtual library called Maktaba Kuu, right here in Nairobi. And guess what? It’s the first of its kind in the entire continent of Africa!

Now, let’s dive into the juicy details. This incredible virtual library is home to over 200,000 digitalized reading materials. Yes, you read that right. We’re talking about digital books, periodicals, research papers, and even government publications. And the best part? You can access all of them from any internet-enabled device, no matter where you are in the world. Talk about a world of knowledge at your fingertips!

During the grand launch, Youth Affairs, Sports, and Arts Cabinet Secretary, Ababu Namwamba, couldn’t contain his excitement. He shared that this Ksh.250 million project aims to create a reading revolution by cultivating a strong reading culture and boosting knowledge, creativity, and skills across various fields. And you know what else? It’s going to be a game-changer for the education sector, especially in supporting the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this virtual library. No longer will we fret about the age or rarity of physical publications. Everything has been meticulously digitized and preserved in this safe online space. CS Ababu Namwamba reassured us by saying, “We no longer have to worry about very precious maps because they are in this space where they are safe and available to access.” Isn’t that a relief?

This virtual library isn’t just limited to serving the KNLS. It’s also extending its cloud-based services to other ministries, departments, and agencies. The goal? To digitize government services and improve access to information for everyone. Hats off to that!

Now, let’s talk numbers. To ensure the sustainability of this fantastic endeavor, the KNLS has introduced nominal membership fees. Don’t worry, it won’t break the bank. You can choose from a range of affordable membership plans: a daily membership for just Ksh.20, a weekly membership at Ksh.100, a monthly membership at Ksh.500, a bi-annual membership at Ksh.1500, or go all-in with an annual membership at Ksh.2500. Paying for your membership is a breeze too, thanks to wireless payment platforms. Easy peasy, right?

In a moment of sheer brilliance, CS Ababu Namwamba declared 12th July as an annual national reading day. Can you believe it? A whole day dedicated to celebrating the joy of reading! And he shared this exciting news through a speech from none other than President William Ruto himself. Let’s mark our calendars and make the most of this special day.

Before we wrap up, let’s not forget the wise words of KNLS Board Chairperson, Robert Theuri Maina. He emphasized that access to information is crucial for citizens to participate in governance and take legal action when needed. Libraries are like powerhouses, brimming with knowledge and serving as strategic resources. It’s amazing to see how this virtual library will play a pivotal role in empowering individuals and strengthening democratic processes.


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