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According to Kwaku Asimenu Forson, PR & Media Officer with Street Library, “Programs, Donate and Get Involved are the three most popular links. Now, website visitors can access these pages from easily accessible tabs right on the front page. Also, the Main Menu features pull-down sub-menus that guide visitors directly to their destination. All of our most relevant information is just one or two clicks away.”
Additionally, as one of the most social media savvy and globally connected social enterprises in Ghana, Street Library’s website also fully integrates its Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+ accounts via quick access tabs. Forson continues: ‘’As an organisation for young people, we wanted to make our website relevant to today’s youth who may access the internet through different platforms on a variety of mobile devices.”
In fact, according the Street Library’s founder and president, Hayford Siaw, Ghana has more mobile phones than its population, presenting an enormous opportunity for libraries to deliver content and other services that can reach even the most remote, otherwise inaccessible audience.
Accordingly, Street Library’s website also includes an Online Library where electronic versions of certain books are available for free download thanks to the generous donations of authors and illustrators from around the world. “Ghanaian children with access to computers and other devices, in school or at home, can spend useful time on the Street Library website downloading ebooks and discovering other resources,” says Siaw. “We also encourage other authors, especially those from Africa, to donate royalty-free electronic versions of their books. Together we can build the biggest, best and first electronic library for children in Ghana.”
Still, Siaw knows—and readily admits—Street Library’s work is just getting started. “We continue to explore technological innovations and opportunities that get books of all kinds into the hands of young readers.”
Access the website by visiting www.streetlibraryghana.org