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April 29, 2013
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April 29, 2013
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Zambia may be poor in economic resources but it's children are blessed with energy and curiousity and a willingness to learn. Lubuto's contribution in promoting literacy is not sophisticated yet plants seeds of potential in the minds of the young that can mould generations yet unborn. I know because many years ago, I was once that Zambian child, ready to take on the world armed only with a desire to grow beyond my circumstances and a library card. Thank you Lubuto for all you do!

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April 17, 2013
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April 17, 2013
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I was lucky enough to be able to spend time at one of Lubuto's libraries in Lusaka when I visited Zambia last September. I had no previous experience of visiting anywhere like Lubuto, but if I'm honest, spending time at the library was one of the highlights of my trip! It was wonderful to see how much the children visiting the library enjoyed spending time there and their enthusiasm for the different activities on offer (drama groups, use of the laptops, reading together, board games to name but a few) was infectious. The Lubuto Library Project provides a great resource; it was humbling to see how much the children got out of their visits, and their acceptance of me as a visit was very touching. The staff on site were brilliant: welcoming and warm, engaging enthusiastically with the children; organising/ participating in games, dancing competitions, art and craft activities and more! In addition, the staff all took time with individual children, encouraging and teaching them to read, helping with homework or just listening if the child just wanted to talk.
As I say, I really enjoyed my visit to Lubuto in Lusaka, and hope to return!

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November 3, 2012
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November 3, 2012
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As a Zambian who grew up in a village just on the outskirts of Lusaka, I appreciate what Lubuto is doing with the libraries. As a kid I loved reading and there were no Libraries in our village so the only time I read something was when grandma came back from the city and brought some old newspapers. I could read them before they were used for various things. That is why I was very happy to learn about what Lubuto was doing and I hope they can expand to reach as many kids. I know that in Lusaka the library situation is at crisis level. I may not have the numbers or the data, but I know that we do not have libraries for young people around. We easily have bars and taverns but not libraries. I am away for now, but I plan to be involved in Luboto projects as much as possible when I go back home. For some of the kids, having to read a book can make a whole life changing difference!

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We meet in the basement of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008, on Sunday afternoons between 3pm and 6pm (except holidays) to catalog and process books for Lubuto Library collections in Africa. The church is just west of Connecticut Avenue across from Politics & Prose Bookstore, and the entrance to the room where we store the Lubuto collection is near the corner of 36th and Everett Streets, N.W., on the side of the church facing Connecticut Ave. We place a sign outside the door to help new volunteers find us. Many people can only come for part of the 3pm-6pm time, which is perfectly fine. inputting of cataloging records may be done remotely as well.We also need volunteers to conduct book drives at their workplace, association or community, using guidelines that we provide for the types of books we include in our collections. We also have a short film that can be used, or could provide a speaker to kick off a book drive. Volunteer