Written by Linda Musita
There is a tent at the Railways Club grounds; the PMBC Library tent. Sharon Omangi, Raphael Kariuki and Stephen Mwangi are the creative brains behind the Pods Must Be Crazy (PMBC). The Pods Must be Crazy, are what the name implies; out of the ordinary, eccentric podcasts about anything and everything including unique music and remixes that are posted on http://pmbc.co.ke/ twice every month(mid-month and end month).
Sharon Omangi confesses that PMBC Library is a way of directing people to the podcasts but more importantly it seeks to promote the reading culture in Nairobi. How does the library work, you wonder? Well, Omangi, Kariuki and Mwangi each ‘donate’ three books every month, making that a total of nine books. They then drop the books around the city in and at places where they can be seen. They leave them, strategically placed, in restaurants, bars, park benches and they ensure that the books are also safe from the elements; the elements here being, rain, wind (very strong gusts) and dirt. Interesting bit is that the books seduce you with the “Pick Me Up” sticker on the covers. Once you open it you find the ‘Return/Borrowing’ sheet that library books have and on it is a short introduction to the concept and a request to go on the PMBC Library Facebook page, pmbc/library and leave feedback on the book. All three PMBC ‘librarians’ will have read at least three of the books and a hence readers are guaranteed an informed discussion or critique on the books.
Soon, Omangi says, they will be having a monthly book swap event where readers can borrow books monthly and exchange them after a month. Yes, coming soon to an event friendly venue near you.
Aside from ‘donating the books’ the three also get their books from street book vendors within the CBD.
The PMBC Library was launched today, Saturday the 17th at the Storymoja Hay Festival. They will be there tomorrow with good music, their not so ordinary podcasts and free books for you, yes FREE. They are also selling Stephen Mwangi’s fiction on CD at Kshs. 100.Stop by their tent