Happy February, friends! We hope you’re as excited about 2020 as we are. Take a good, long, final look at the Kaloleni branch of the McMillan Memorial Library - this is your last chance to see it in this state!
It's Renovation Time!
Restoration of the Kaloleni branch begins today - and we couldn't be more thrilled! We have just finished moving 7,000 books to the Eastlands branch in Makadara where they are now being sorted and weeded.
The renovation will include a general facelift, more seating, new plumbing and electrics as well as an eco-friendly toilet block. The rejuvenated library will feature a new book collection and digital facilities, as well as a wide range of programmes and events. Check out this video for a closer look at the future library, informed by the residents and users of the Kaloleni branch.
Our Project Partners
The Kaloleni branch renovation is generously supported by two main partners.
Thank you to National Bank of Kenya for supporting our programmes and events since 2018, including our very first Jamhuri Day party at the Kaloleni branch! We’re thrilled to continue working with NBK and are thankful for their steadfast commitment to our city's libraries and public spaces!
In October 2019, Book Bunk was granted $50,000 for this physical restoration as well as an additional $10,000 worth of new children’s books for the Kaloleni branch by The Africa Publishing Innovation Fund. Created in May 2019 by development NGO Dubai Cares (the donor) and the International Publishers Association (the grant administrator), the fund supports homegrown African initiatives to promote literacy, book access, indigenous languages, and library restoration.
We give thanks for these two partnerships which have now enabled us to kick off this work in Kaloleni!
We will be working with Lynk as the exclusive contractor on this project!
Lynk partners with Kenyan artisans to showcase and promote their products and services while solving problems faced by informal workers and the households and businesses seeking their services.
We are committed to ensuring that labour required for this project comes from the Kaloleni/greater Eastlands community. As such, we will be recruiting locally for 11 labourers. Here is an overview of the available positions.
Feedback and Recruitment Session: Saturday 22nd Feb 2020
Come hear a little more about our plans for this library during our final pre-renovation community session at the Kaloleni branch, on Saturday 22nd February 2020 from 11am - 12pm. The Lynk team will be present to recruit workers and our team will be there for your questions!