Thu Mar 12: Kathy Knowles speaks

A story of children’s libraries in Africa.

On March 12, the Lychgate Group welcomes Kathy Knowles, Director of the Osu Children’s Library Fund. She will give a talk on her work and the work of the OCLF. It’s the story of how a family of community libraries grew out of one reading circle, as children discovered the magic of books and asked for more.

Interior view of an OCLF libraryThe Osu Children’s Library Fund is a Canadian not for profit charity that brings the love of reading to children in Africa. In 1989, Kathy’s husband accepted a position in Ghana, Africa. Kathy noticed that the local children did not have the opportunity to read storybooks, so she started a reading circle under a tree. The children loved it, and so it ‘grew’ into the ‘Library Tree’. Since then, the Osu Children’s Library Fund of Canada and the Osu Library Fund of Ghana have built seven large community libraries in Greater Accra and have helped to create more than 200 libraries in Africa.

Kathy KnowlesKathy has won many awards from around the world, including the Governor General’s Medallion Award.

Kathy will join us on Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. All parishioners of St. John’s are welcome. Please sign up in the foyer so we can plan for coffee.

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