Founder of the Rainbow Book Club, Mrs Koko Kalango, has called for the establishment of libraries around Nigeria. She has also advocated that non functional libraries, especially in schools, should be renovated and equipped so that students can have access to books. Availability of books has been identified as one of the ways in which people can be encouraged to read. ‘Libraries’, she said ‘bring books to the reach of the people’.
To this end, the RBC teamed up with Skye Bank, the Cross Rivers State Government and Brigadier-General Anthony Ukpo, former Military Administrator of Rivers State, to open the first school library in St. Benedict’s, the oldest primary school in Ogoja, on December 12, 2009.
St. Benedict’s had a room marked out as a library but which functioned as a store. This room was renovated and equipping with new books, so that the library can become functional.
The library was commissioned in a colourful ceremony that included cultural presentations by students and community members. Following that outing, a young boy, who moved the crowd with his inspiring reading of an excerpt from Nelson Mandela’s biography, was offered a scholarship by the Rainbow Book Club.