• Our first restoration – Kaloleni Library!

    Photos 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

  • Kaloleni: Pre-Restoration Feedback and Recruitment Session

    Photos 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

    Photos 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

    Photos 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

    Photos 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!

  • A Night at The Library: 2019 Fundraising Gala

    Photos A Night at The Library: 2019 Fundraising Gala Our inaugural fundraising gala brought together 150 guests for a night of magic at the McMillan Memorial Library, in support of our restoration work. This event gave audiences and givers an opportunity to play a part in creating truly inclusive public spaces and re-introduced the largest and oldest of the public libraries we are restoring. We were excited to showcase the past, present and potential futures of this iconic space and secure groundbreaking partnerships needed for upcoming work. Opened in 1931, this library was built by Lady Lucy McMillan as a memorial to her husband, Sir Northrup McMillan, who died in…

  • Lahani: An Acoustic Musical Showcase

    Photos Lahani: An Acoustic Musical Showcase This past weekend, we hosted an acoustic showcase of music at the main branch. Lahani is an (old) Swahili word that defines a musical tune, the timbre of one’s voice or the tone of an instrument. This was our very first Sunday event and featured; – Ayoo – Kibali – Lisa Oduor-Noah – Meryl Paige – Ngwatilo, and – Silayio. Many thanks for joining us, and for bringing the magic of song to the library!Posted on December 5, 2019  

  • Archiving Kenya’s past and futures

    Photos Archiving Kenya’s past and futures On 12th November, we hosted sessions led by Angela Okune and Leonida Mutuku bringing together researchers, archival specialists, open data technologists and others working on digital humanities and research data practices in Kenya. Key to these discussions was how to build more equitable and inclusive systems of knowledge production and infrastructure by/in/for Kenya. Key discussion points from the meeting will be synthesised into a report for public dissemination and will include concrete next steps. This event was part of our 2019 public programming, supported by the British Council’s #CultureGrows programme. Images by Paul Munene/Quaint Photography.

  • World Cities Day

    Photos World Cities Day 31st October is designated as World Cities Day by the United Nations, with activities focused on urbanisation and its challenges. This year, the theme of the day was “Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations”. We were thrilled to partner with Naipolitans for a Nairobi Edition celebrating the diversity of our city, its history and heritage from a planning perspective. We looked at research work and projects going on within the city as well as the characteristics that surround and affect our lives as urban dwellers.