The construction of the new Mzuzu University library and auditorium reached a major milestone last week when Agnes NyaLonje (the Minister of Education in Malawi) laid the first foundation stone of the new facility.
The construction of the facility is expected to take around two years and is scheduled for completion in November 2022.
The Mzuni Library Initiative would like to extend many heartfelt thanks to Textbooks Africa for the generous donation of 75 boxes of books for the Mzuzu University Library. On August 29th, we were excited to welcome Francesco, a representative of Textbooks Africa, to Virginia Tech. Pictured below are volunteers Francesco and Kevin with the book donations.
One of the best parts of the day was getting to show Francesco the beautiful farmlands in Blacksburg while transporting the books. I was lucky to snap this picture in a peaceful moment before the team arrived and the fun began!
We are also grateful to Zach and Danny, engineers from the Unmanned Systems Lab, for continually being the “willing hands” of the initiative and assisting with moving heavy boxes of books. Thanks Zach and Danny!
As of August 1st, 2016, approximately 5,000 textbooks (230 boxes = 7500 pounds!!) are being prepared for shipment to Mzuzu University! We are amazed and grateful and humbled by all who have worked together to make this possible.
Many thanks to members of the Virginia Tech Unmanned Systems Lab, Masoud Shirazi, Andrew Jung, and the Repisky family for helping move the books to their temporary home. Currently, the books are awaiting shipment, and we are very excited!
The USL lab truck, usually used as a testing hub for autonomous aerial vehicles, doubled as a great transporter for the boxes of books.
In just a short time, the books will be on their way to Mzuzu University!
I’d like to thank all of the students and faculty who volunteered their time this evening to sort through and pack the first wave of books that we hope to ship to Mzuzu University in the near future. The pictures below capture our evening’s activities.
We are excited by the books that are arriving! We would like to send a BIG thank you to everyone who has contributed books, time, and strong arms to move these books over the past week. Below are some pictures of our volunteers at work!
Many thanks to Radford University Professors Jolanta Wawrzycka,Department of English, and her husband, Professor Jon Tso, Professor and Chair of the Geology Department, for their generous donation of many volumes of books to the Mzuni Library Initiative. We are grateful!
David Wilson, Associate Director of Virginia Tech’s University Bookstore, delivers three boxes of books for the Mzuni Library Initiative. We are very grateful to David and his team for supporting our initiative.
We have just added a new page to the website that provides information about Mzuni’s Other Book Needs.
Whereas the urgently needed books are the main text books assigned for each Mzuzu University class. Other books are also needed to support the undergraduate and postgraduate studies of Mzuni students.
If you have any books that you think could be donated to Mzuni, please read the information on the Other Book Needs page to see if your books fall within the list of courses and topics that are covered by the university.