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Mr Luc’s Libraries calls for book donations

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Mr Luc’s Libraries, which is spearheaded by Luc Deschamps, has called on well-wishers in the country who have books they are not using to donate to their initiative in order to furnish them to libraries.

Deschamps made the call Monday when Mr Luc’s Libraries opened its 14th library at Limbe Primary School in Blantyre.

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“There are people out there who have books they don’t use, please donate them to us and we will take them to some of the libraries. Many libraries we have opened are in need of books,” he said.

Deschamps said the opening of a library at Limbe Primary, which has a separate reading area, is part of Jacaranda Outreach programme of public and school libraries and that so far they have reached out to 40,000 children.

The library at Limbe Primary has been supported by the Hu Family from Shanghai in China.

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“This is a gift we are giving to the school and I hope pupils will access the books to help them gain knowledge but also help them in their studies. Our goal is to promote reading culture. If you give a book to a child, more things will improve,” Deschamps said.

He revealed that so far they have received 38 letters from schools asking for libraries – an indication that a number of primary schools in the country have no libraries.

“We have a long way to go to reach out to many and we are committed,” Deschamps said.

Unlike in the other schools where Mr Luc’s Libraries has opened libraries operated by the schools, at Limbe Primary, the library was being operated by the Chidothe family.

Passionate about improving the reading culture, the Chidothe Family started the library project at their home with their own books before being given a room at Limbe Primary.

“I am happy with what this family has been doing to the community and this is why I decided to come in and support. I hope the family and the school will work together to grow the library,” Deschamps said.

Learners at the school were over the moon with the opening of the library which has now wore a new face with attractive artworks painted by visual artist Jim Alifisher.

To show their happiness with the library, they held different activities including poetry and traditional dances with many speaking volumes of Mr Luc’s for the support.

One of the learners, Tapiwa Kutchona, who is in standard six, said the library will help them in a lot of areas including discovering new words.

“Our previous library only had few books but now we have more books and the library is well painted,” Kutchona said.

The Hu Family said they were happy with the Mr Luc’s library initiative aimed at propelling the reading culture hence coming in to support.

The family which learned more about the initiative through their daughter, who visited Jacaranda has pumped in US$5,000 to the project.

Some of the other schools Mr Luc’s Libraries has opened include Chigumula, Misesa, HHI, Kapeni, Bangwe, Nkolokoti, Makata and St Maria Goretti.

Mr Luc’s Libraries has also opened libraries at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Che Mboma Village, Trade Fair and Jacaranda Cultural Centre

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