No Shelves Needed!

No Shelves Needed!

Last week in The Gambia, the management of Observer Company, publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper, received a shipment of books from Books For Africa in partnership with the Better Community Association (BCA). A presentation ceremony was held by the Observer Company to present the books. A variety of books were received, with subject matter ranging from humanities and social science to engineering and information technology. These books will fill the shelves of the newspaper’s editorial library to enhance the knowledge and writing of the writers and journalists.

At the ceremony, the president of BCA, Joy Buchanan, praised Books For Africa for delivering more than $240,000 worth of books to The Gambia (funding provided by the Margaret Rivers Fund). Books For Africa has already sent approximately 52,000 books to The Gambia and will continue to send more.

These books were also sent to schools throughout the West African country. BCA used the boxes that the books were shipped in as shelves to display all 22,000 books so that teachers, school officials, and community members could hand pick the books to put in their libraries.

On receiving the books, the Observer’s managing director, Pa Malick Faye, thanked the Better Community Association for choosing his institution as the beneficiary of the books. He says: “The books will revamp our library and from now on, we will not allow any journalist to sit idle without doing anything because the more you read, the more you develop your capacity in terms of writing. As journalists, they should be exposed to new writing skills.”