Two months after its inauguration and the Melchior Leridon Library has already recorded an impressive number of visits, highlighting the Beninese youth’s strong desire to read.
On November 8th, 2012, African Artists for Development and its partner the Fondation Zinsou inaugurated the Melchior Leridon Library in Cotonou, Benin. Only two months since its opening, the mini-library has already seen a high number of visits, with the library’s director counting 1,141 visitors in the first week alone. The following weeks proved the library’s strong popularity with the community, with attendance hovering above 900 per week during the month of November.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday, the Melchior Leridon Library sees Wednesday as its busiest day, as it is the pupil’s day off. On the second Wednesday of December, 243 kids immersed themselves in the many adventure and comic books to be found at the library.
Adults enjoy the library as well, making up 15% of total visits. There with their children, they, too, can take their pick amongst the 1,500 books and publications offered by the library.
The promising figures have encouraged AAD to continue its ‘Beatiful Library of Benin‘ program. In 2013, the endowment fund will finance the construction of two other libraries in the African country.