• How to (Re)Build A Kenyan Library?

    By Syokau Mutonga, Research & Inventory Manager A while ago, as the realities of COVID-19 and it’s interruptions were setting in, my team and I came across a call for applications that was interested in discussing the state of African libraries. At the same time, Book Bunk was developing a plan to crowdsource the phrase, “Welcome to the Library” in all of Kenya’s indigenous languages. When that project went live, more than 80% of the respondents were not Kenyan native speakers. In fact, most of them who were able to translate the phrase clearly in their mother tongue spoke a European language where the concept of a library in its…

  • Episode 4: Books! Books! Books!

    A Palace For The People Episodes Learning Resources Released on December 23, 2020 By Book Bunk Trailer Books! Books! Books! How to actually build a library! In this episode, Wachuka begins by telling us about the process of creating the first-ever digital catalogue of McMillan Memorial Library. It took 23 people, 8,332 hours and loads of stickers! She also speaks with Dr. Henry Chakava, a publisher with the African Writers Series from Heinemann in the 1970s. Both of them converse on Nairobi and East Africa’s rich literary scene. Many of these authors’ books from the region will find a home in McMillan Library and its branches. Learning Resources Listen on…

  • Episode 4: Books! Books! Books!

    How to actually build a library! In this episode, Wachuka begins by telling us about the process of creating the first-ever digital catalogue of McMillan Memorial Library. It took 23 people, 8,332 hours and loads of stickers! She also speaks with Dr. Henry Chakava, a publisher with the African Writers Series from Heinemann in the 1970s.

  • Episode 3: The People Need Public Space

    A Palace For The People Episodes Learning Resources Released on December 23, 2020 By Book Bunk Trailer The People Need Public Space In this episode, we listen to Dr. Wangui Kimari and Dr. Alfred Omenya converse with Wanjiru and Wachuka about the colonial history of Nairobi’s urban planning and how these segregated divisions endure in present-day Nairobi. Nairobi was not made for us. Wanjiru explores how we can change this by highlighting the importance of public space in fostering creativity in Nairobi’s citizens. Learning Resources Listen on Apple Podcast | Spotify | Sound Cloud | Castbox, Or listen here…

  • Episode 2: Little Palaces

    A Palace For The People Episodes Learning Resources Released on December 18, 2020 By Book Bunk Trailer Little Palaces Wachuka and Wanjiru introduce us to Jacob Ananda, Head Librarian of McMillan Memorial Library and Orpah Agunda, an Inventory intern at Book Bunk and long-term resident of Kaloleni. Both featured guests share how growing up in Makadara and Kaloleni, the libraries shaped them into who they are today by instilling in them a love for books and inclusive public spaces. Learning Resources Listen on Apple Podcast | Spotify | Sound Cloud | Castbox, Or listen here…

  • Episode 3: The People Need Public Space

    In this episode, we listen to Dr. Wangui Kimari and Dr. Alfred Omenya converse with Wanjiru and Wachuka about the colonial history of Nairobi’s urban planning and how these segregated divisions endure in present-day Nairobi.