NUBRP, the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Library of Nigeria.
The signing ceremony was held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Monday October 31, 2022, as part of the South South Zonal Sensitization Workshop on International Standard Book Number (ISBN), International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), a national and international standard for serial publications (ISSN)and Legal Deposit Compliance for Publishers, Authors, Printers, Librarians and Other Stakeholders organised by the National Library of Nigeria.
The pact between the advocacy group and the government parastatal is to enhance the utilization of the space and facility available in state owned libraries by Book Clubs.
Nigeria has a growing number of book clubs, run by private individuals, schools and, in cases, even governments. Most of them meet informally and discuss subjects, style, contents of a wide range of books. But they are generally disconnected from public libraries.
Founded in 2020 the NBRP, geared towards aggravating book clubs and reading promoters across Nigeria, has established a presence in four geo-political zones out of the six in the country.
One of the organisations’s key campaigns is ‘No Library without a Book Club’
Present at the momentious signing at the Watbridge Hotel, Uyo, were the CEO, National Library of Nigeria, Prof Chinwe Veronica Anunobi; President, NBRP Richard Mammah, and University Librarian Federal University Otuoke Bayelsa State, Professor Felicia Etim, among several other dignitaries.