Having a mission to collect, preserve and disseminate Ugandans documented intellectual and culture heritage, provide professional leadership in library and information services delivery and promote a reading culture, we at the National Library of Uganda endeavour to instil a reading culture among Ugandans from a young age and that’s why we carry out children reading tents at various functions, libraries and schools where children come and engage in various reading related activities like reading, drawing, spelling, story writing competitions and book making activities. At such events, we also try to interest children in reading by carrying interesting books (and e-readers) to them and reading to them.

Objectives of the Children’s Reading Tents

  • To display and make available a variety of reading materials to the people especially
  • children of a given community.
  • To promote a shared enjoyment of reading for both children and adults.
  • To give participants an insight into the process of reading, writing and other means of
  • expression such as storytelling, poem recitation, drawing and singing.
  • To create publicity for given public/ community library to the community.

Some of the recent Children’s Reading Tents that have been organized by the National Library
of Uganda include;

  • The Children’s reading tent at Kigumba Public Library that was organized by theNational Library of Uganda in partnership with Kigumba Town Council and HarrisInternational (Riham Group) and was held at the Kigumba Church of Uganda PrimarySchool on 16 th April 2019.               This particular children’s reading tent was part of the World Book and Copyright day 2019 celebrations by the National Library of Uganda to pay tribute to books and their authors as a way of promoting reading, publishing and cultural heritage.
  • The Kampala Cultural Exchange event which was held at Seven Trees gardens, Wampewo Avenue in Kampala on 30 th June 2019 under the theme “Celebrating cultural diversity and enhancing talent development among the youth”. The Children’s Book Workshop was under the theme “Promoting reading culture from early age”. During this event NLU had a children’s reading tent where various children were read to, others read to their peers while some engaged in book art.

  • The National Library of Uganda also recently supported the celebration of World Literacy day which was held at Nambi Sepuuya community library in Jinja on 20 th September 2019 through provision of reading materials to the library. A number of schools attended the event.