The Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) has declared the year 2022 as “Year of Books” to help encourage indigenous books on the shelves of public libraries in Ghana.
This comes at the back of UNESCO naming Accra as the World Book Capital 2023.
The city Of Accra was selected for its strong focus on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana. Accra’s proposed programme seeks to use the power of books to engage these young people as an effective way of skilling up the next generation.
It is prior to this initiative from UNESCO, the Executive Director of Ghana Library Authority, Mr. Hayford Siaw has declared next year as “Year of Books”.
According to him, this will help encourage Ghanaians write more books into the public libraries.
Mr Hayford Siaw stated that indigenous books on the shelves of public libraries is 107 since 1981 and it is not encouraging for Ghana.
He said declaring next year as “Year of Books” indicates that there is a lot of work to be done in order to mobilize ourselves for the benefit of library users.
Hayford Siaw hinted that they are going to set up a book fund to raise $1 million as a seed fund to acquire books.
He also call on Philanthropists, NGOs and mining companies to help renovate some of the libraries in the communities.