• A (virtual) Night at The Library: Art Auction

    A (virtual) Night at The Library: Art Auction In keeping with the times, this year’s edition of our fundraising gala was a virtual one, themed Mask-A-Rade. We gathered with friends and supporters online in support of our restoration work in 2021. This event gave online audiences and givers an opportunity to play a part in creating truly inclusive public spaces from the comfort of their homes, while enjoying beautiful sets designed by David Oywa. Amongst the offerings this year was a virtual art auction, with artwork by 20 artists available for bidding. Opened in 1931, this library was built by Lady Lucy McMillan as a memorial to her husband, Sir…

  • A (virtual) Night At The Library: 2020 Fundraising Gala

    A (virtual) Night At The Library: 2020 Fundraising Gala n keeping with the times, this year’s edition of our fundraising gala was a virtual one, themed Mask-A-Rade. We gathered with friends and supporters online in support of our restoration work in 2021. This event gave online audiences and givers an opportunity to play a part in creating truly inclusive public spaces from the comfort of their homes, while enjoying beautiful sets designed by David Oywa. Despite the challenges to us all brought on by the pandemic and resultant limitations on public gatherings, we were excited to showcase a year we spent restoring two public libraries ( Kaloleni Library and Eastlands…

  • Book Bunkers of Kaloleni

    Book Bunkers of Kaloleni We celebrate all the great people of Kaloleni that have worked so hard to restore the Kaloleni Library, a crucial public space, with us. The restoration of Kaloleni Library employed 28 residents – our everyday heroes!  Meet some of these wonderful people here, all interviewed by Syokau Mutonga. Images by @Quaint Photography. Posted on November 24, 2020

  • Our first restoration – Kaloleni Library!

    Our first restoration – Kaloleni Library! We are excited to share that with support from Dubai Cares, the International Publishers Association and National Bank of Kenya, restoration of the Kaloleni Library this work is now complete! Visit www.bookbunk.org and subscribe to our newsletter via bitly/Bunkupdates for news. Images by Paul Munene & Bill Muganda Posted on July 24, 2020

  • #UbuntuLoveChallenge

    #UbuntuLoveChallenge A few weeks ago, we were invited to participate in the #UbuntuLoveChallenge, a global movement built on the core philosophy of Ubuntu (human interconnectedness) with a mission to restore hope through a worldwide display of human collaboration and appreciation. With school closures now extended to January 2021, we accepted this challenge by extending library resources to homes around Kaloleni Library where users, mostly children, face barriers to digital learning at a time when public libraries remain closed due to COVID19-mandated measures. Many thanks to Text Book Centre, Isons Group and our individual donors Teresa Mbagaya and Godfrey Munira, whose support enabled us to distribute these packs to 200 households!…

  • Kaloleni: Pre-Restoration Feedback and Recruitment Session

    Kaloleni: Pre-Restoration Feedback and Recruitment Session In the lead-up to the restoration of the Kaloleni branch, we held our final community feedback session on Saturday 22nd February, following a series of these on 2019. It is important to us that we recruit for support services locally and so our delivery partner, Lynk, were on site to recruit from Kaloleni & its environs (carpentry, painting, roofing). The restoration of this branch is supported by National Bank of Kenya and Dubai Cares.

  • Kaloleni Library

    Kaloleni Library A pictorial ode to the Kaloleni branch of the McMillan Memorial Library. Situated next to the Kaloleni Social Hall (which served as Kenya’s first parliament building), this library is part of the rich history of Kaloleni, a neighbourhood built by Italian prisoners of war in the 1940s. Restoration of the library kicks off on 24th February 2020, and is supported by National Bank of Kenya and Dubai Cares. Images by Bill Muganda  

  • A Night at The Library : Glam and Magic

    A Night at The Library : Glam and Magic Many thanks for joining us for our inaugural gala at McMillan Memorial Library Nairobi last Thursday night! Check out these magical set-ups by our incredible team of interns, captured so very beautifully by Bill Muganda!

  • Jamhuri Day at The Library

    Jamhuri Day at The Library We ended the year with our annual Jamhuri Day party at the McMillan Memorial Library’s Kaloleni Branch and the adjacent Kaloleni Social Hall. This annual event featured a host of activities for children aged 4-16 years including film screenings, storytelling, arts and crafts, tree planting and more! Many thanks to Text Book Centre, Tropical Heat, Milya’s Flavoured Popcorn, and Isons for the sharing all their goodies with the kids, and National Bank of Kenya and Goethe-Institut Nairobi for supporting this event. Happy holidays!