“Please have you seen them? Does anyone know where they went? Those four boys that were sitting down there?”

Those were the barrage of questions the librarian of Ipaja Public Library, Gowon Estate, Lagos State was asking the users of the facility on Thursday, September 6th.

The tranquility of the library was disturbed for a few minutes after four boys went away with books worth thousands of naira from the library.

The boys had come in pretending to be students preparing for an examination, but their motive was ulterior.

They went to the librarian to ask for some books with the pretence to read and return them later, but it was surprising that few minutes after they borrowed the books, they disappeared. 

The librarian who did not suspect any foul play came into the section the boys were sitting to ask for books but was surprised the boys had left without returning the books.

Speaking to Bounce News, the librarian Khadijat Toriola said the incident has never happened before in the library.

“After they will say government is corrupt and bad. They provide a reading facility and stock it with books to help students but the greedy ones among them will still show themselves.

“The books they went away with are worth thousands of naira as they were just bought.

“We will have to inform the police about it because I don’t want to lose my job,” she said.

Meanwhile the second batch of the Lagos Reads Initiative, a program organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Education has resumed.

The Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh, while launching the program in June said the objective is to encourage Lagosians, both young and old, to read.

He said through Lagos Reads, the government hopes to ignite in residents a passion for reading thereby promoting a knowledgeable society.

He said the programme would feature, book of the month, school tours, a reading competition that would reward various categories of readers (children, teenagers, and adults) once in two months, and a weekly online quiz for participants to win recharge cards. 

To participate, the readers have to register with libraries, public or private or school, and book clubs online on www.lagosreads.com.

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