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How Libraries Make a Difference in the Lives of Youth and their Societies: Stories from Africa to our Nation’s Capital

  • 04 Oct 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC


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How Libraries Make a Difference in the Lives of Youth and their Societies: Stories from Africa to our Nation’s Capital

Join DCLA and the Lubuto Library Project ( for a special evening of presentations and conversation about the ways libraries can have an impact on children and young adults in communities across the globe. The Lubuto Library Project, founded by ALA’s 2012 Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship  winner Jane Kinney Meyers, a local librarian, to bring knowledge and enlightenment to Africa's most vulnerable youth will be joined by Lubuto team members and partners from Zambia to speak about their innovative work: 

  • Robinson Bwato, Chief Librarian, Zambia Library Service. In addition to being a professional librarian, Mr. Bwato holds a Master’s degree in economic policy management, a background which led him to propose partnership with the Lubuto Library Project to help ZLS meet national development objectives and ensure that all disadvantaged groups have access to information resources.  This exciting partnership has been embraced by Zambia’s Ministry of Education.
  • Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson, National Arts Council of Zambia and founding Advisory Board member of the Lubuto Library Project. Ms Kapwepwe has been with the Lubuto Library Project since its inception as the organization’s chief advisor for programs and development strategies as well as a senior policy and technical advisor to the Zambian Government and its multilateral and bilateral partners in the cultural sector and also in regard to child development. Many of you may rememberMs. Kapwepwe’s presentations at the DCPL Benning Road branch and at the Zambian Embassy  in 2010 when she joined forces with actor Danny Glover to bring attention and support to Lubuto’s work. 
  •  Peggy Chilema, Monze District Education Board Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education of Zambia. Ms. Chilema is responsible for the planning and implementation of all education programmes in the Monze district of Zambia’s Southern Province, the region hosting the next Lubuto Library and advocates for district-level support for this development. Ms. Chilema was the lesson evaluator of the LubutoLiteracy project that produced 700 mother-tongue reading lessons for which the Lubuto Library Project was just awarded USAID’s All Children Reading Grand Challenge for Education innovation grant.

Joining our special guests from Zambia will be Rebecca Renard, Youth Programs Coordinator for the DC Public Library. Rebecca was a 2010 recipient of the DCLA Student Financial Aid Program and is a recent graduate of the Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science. Rebecca recently addressed the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) on her experience creating and coordinating innovative programs for teens in the District of Columbia, at DC Public Library.  Jane Meyers and Robinson Bwato also made presentations about the ZLS-Lubuto partnership at the IFLA Conference which was held in Helsinki, Finland.

The program will be from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC. The event is free but registration is requested. The Library is two tenths of a mile from the Cleveland Park Station (Red line). There is limited parking in the surrounding neighborhood.  The area is also served by the H3, L1, and H2 buses from downtown in the directions of the Tenleytown and Chevy Chase Circle.


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