Ohangwena community urged to make use of regional library

10 Sep 2019 10:50am
By Paulus Hamutenya
OHANGWENA, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – Chief Librarian of the Ohangwena Regional Library, Katrina Shikuni, has called on the public to make use of the resource centre in Ohangwena as it has up-to-date facilities.
Shikuni made the call following an enquiry by Nampa about the library’s accessibility for the public, including students in the surrounding areas.
She said there are about 20 schools, one vocational training centre and two tutorial centres, but the public turnout is not convincing.
“The only people who make use of the regional facility are school-going children and some business people, despite a variety of services available for the general public to make use of,” said Shikuni, citing lack of information as the main reason for this.
The library is one of three libraries built by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia and handed over to the education ministry in November 2014. The other two libraries are in the Oshana and Omaheke Regions.
Shikuni explained that the library offers a variety of services including book lending; reference services; reading and study services; meeting, workshop and conference facilities as well as mobile library services.
In addition, there are services such as photocopying, scanning, printing and free internet. More information and communication technology services include computers, electronic databases and videos.
“The centre also offers free basic computer training to community members, programmes for children such as reading, spelling, storytelling, educational videos and games, plus a free Saturday movie and study skills workshops for learners.”
Shikuni added that the library can accommodate about 1 000 people and offers unlimited free Wi-Fi.
Nineteen-year-old Lydia Shaanika, who is a student, told Nampa she visits the library twice a week, saying she has improved her academic performance through this.
“I am thankful that I can easily access information using the library internet service,” she said.
Shaanika also urged other students in the surrounding areas of Ohangwena to make use of the public library.