Zim Librarian publishes a book

Tonderayi Chanakira

(Above) Tonderayi Chanakira

Rarely do Librarians publish books! It is with great excitement that we announce the recent publication of a book entitled “Tonderayi’s Way. Memories of a Diaspora Librarian” written and published by a Zimbabwean librarian based in the Diaspora, Tonderayi Chanakira. Tonderayi has a vast of experience working as a Librarian. Having given twenty six (26) years of service to the Library profession. Tonderayi saw it befitting to write his own story talking about his life journey as a librarian, hence the title of the book “Tonderayi’s Way. Memories of a Diaspora Librarian”. The book gives an account of how Tonderayi came to be a librarian, his inner thoughts and reflections on the profession of librarianship as related from the various organisations that he has worked for in his illustrious career as a librarian. The book also highlights on the politics of Zimbabwe from the colonial days as seen by a librarian. It is more of a autobiography given in 18 chapters. According to Tonderayi, "This book is very unique in that it mixes pleasure, a bit of politics regarding the liberation of Zimbabwe and librarianship as seen and experienced by the librarian. Of notable note in the book is the experience of the author as a “Diaspora Librarian”, working in Namibia, Botswana, European, Asian and other African countries." In the book Tonderayi brings out the joy and satisfaction one can get working as a Librarian. The Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) is delighted that one of our own has written a book. ZimLA President Lantern Fusire has commended the efforts by Tonderayi Chanakira to make the profession known to many people through his personal experiences which will go a long way in advocating for the recognition of t he profession." Tonderaryi's book is now locally available through a distributor. Make effort to contact Tonderayi through his Facebook account for more details