Kigali Public Library
Years ago, I used to spend a lot of time inside the walls of the Kigali Public Library (KPL). Once in a while, I would borrow books and read them from home or elsewhere. When I became a nomad, electronic books proved to be more convenient. Having access to my favorite books while camping on Amahoro Island was a gift from heaven.
Being a traditional reader, it took me a while to embrace e-books. Initially, e-books didn’t register as real books to me. Overtime, I came to a conclusion that the only difference between an e-book and a paperback is paper. E-books are affordable, convenient and environmentally friendly.
My Kindle unlimited subscription gives me access to a million-plus e-books per month at a fee of USD 9.99. In addition, my KPL’s membership puts hundreds of titles at my disposal at a reasonable fee of Rwf 1,200 (USD 1.25) per month. E-books give me a wide range of options from the comfort of my coach.
KPL’s new guidelines, inline with measures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, restrict patrons to spend not more than fifteen minutes per visit. Sitting in the library is not allowed until further notice. Instead, the fifteen minutes allocated for each user are spent borrowing and returning books. Only a maximum of twenty-five people can be served per day. The door is open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
These complications have made e-books even more convenient. I have just borrowed a book titled Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places by the National Geographic. I have done so without leaving my bedroom. It will take up to three weeks before I am required to return it. KPL Online enables members to borrow and return books without going to the library.
If reading books is not your thing, you may want to check out a huge collection of children’s books for your kids. My Fish, Little Monkey, Grandma’s Bananas and many more will excite your little ones and keep them occupied constructively. Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary School text books from REB are also available.
There is a new interesting feature known as Abracadabra Creative Kids. Through this tool, kids aged between three and six are engaged in daily hands-on simple ideas to foster early learning and creativity. The Rwanda Bookmobile on the other hand, is designed to cultivate the culture of reading and storytelling among children.
A lot has changed over the past couple of months. The current global pandemic is accelerating trends that were already reshaping our lifestyles and business landscape. The utilization of online resources has reached an unprecedented level and this is just a dress rehearsal.