A few weeks ago, we reached out to library users and the larger library community and asked them where they would like to see Kenya in ten years time. We also asked them about their dreams for libraries in Kenya. Over four hundred members of the library community shared these sentiments in the form of letters, which we placed in a sealed time capsule* that was buried at the Eastlands Library. 
This capsule carries the hopes and dreams of Kenyan children on the future of Kenya—what will be Kenya's future in the coming decade, and how do they want to fit into it? What do they want from it politically, aocially, economically and culturally, and tangibly in their own ways? Designed by local visual artist Ami Doshi Shah, the time capsule now sits buried within the library’s grounds holding these dreams, to be retrieved on 21st July 2032! A record of the capsule has been captured at the International Time Capsule Society and is also likely to be the first registered from Africa!

Gratitude to our friends, The Nest Collective for working with us on this time capsule which was part of  ‘The Missing Bits Project’.
Burying of the time capsule at Eastlands Library.
Dr. Njoki Ngumi explains the inspiration for the time capsule inscriptions to the Book Bunk Team
Learn more here!

This week, Kenyans expressed our hopes for our country through our votes. As we await the results of the election - we’re hoping for  a peaceful and fair process and  urge our library users and larger community to continue to  keep calm and stay safe. We’d also like to remind everyone that due to this ongoing process, the libraries will remain closed and re-open on Monday 15th August 2022.

*A Time Capsule is a container holding historical records or objects representative of current culture that is deposited (as in a cornerstone) for preservation until discovery by some future age.

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