Reading Corners for classrooms

Reading Corners for classrooms

617 million children attending primary and lower secondary school worldwide aren't achieving minimum proficiency in reading.

Beautiful classroom libraries

Reading Corners provide an entire classroom in rural Asia with access to high-quality, interesting and educational books. Our Reading Corners go directly into the classroom, providing students and teachers with easy, quick access to their library.

Reading Corners provide teachers with easy access to high-quality books they can use to supplement their lessons. We donate educational books about science, technology, engineering and the environment. Teachers, then, have the opportunity to use interesting and fun books from their Reading Corner to teach about these topics in a different way.

Reading Corners provide students with the same easy access to the library. During break time, or before and after school, students can easily pick up a book from the library inside their classroom. By having a Reading Corner, students have instant access to high-quality books in their language that are engaging, interesting and educational. This encourages independent learning, intellectual curiosity and helps spark a passion for reading.

The schools that receive Reading Corners are generally small schools, with less than 200 students in total. The classroom itself generally has between 20-30 students. Many rural schools, however, conduct half day sessions. Often, one Reading Corner can impact two separate grades, meaning it can impact 40-60 students total.

What’s in a Reading Corner?

The Library Project’s Reading Corner is one bookshelf containing 200 local language children’s books. Ranging from storybooks about kindness and bravery, stories showcasing female empowerment and educational books about engineering and space, students receiving a Reading corner have a variety of books to explore. Educational maps and a beautiful globe are also included with a Reading Corner.

Children’s literacy programs are a big part of all our library donations.

Literacy Programs

Literacy Programs have one simple focus: to get children excited about reading. We see this as the second step to a library donation. Once a library is in place, it is essential to properly introduce children to a world filled with books. Teachers and school administrators also get the opportunity to be a part of our Literacy Programs, giving them the tools to continue their own literacy programs after donation day.

Belinda Yu, TLP’s Logistics & Purchasing Director, conducting a Librarian Management Course with a primary school teacher.

Librarian Training, Monitoring and Evaluation, Additional Support

The Library Project provides a comprehensive Librarian Training course for the teachers and administrators at each library that is donated. We see this as the third step to a library donation.

Our Librarian Training course educates teachers on how to properly manage their new library, making sure it stays in good condition and that it’s used often. The course gives teachers ideas for using the new books in their classroom. Librarian Training also educates teachers on how to create a system for their school to allow students to check-out books to read at home.

We have found that this training course results in 94% of our libraries being effectively used on a daily-to-weekly basis after the first year. The Library Project conducts one-year of monitoring & evaluation and when schools need support they receive additional training.

Our progress

2,510

libraries donated

1,752,206

books donated

1,001,914

children impacted

33,379

teachers trained

Our progress

2,510

libraries donated

1,752,206

books donated

1,001,914

children impacted

33,379

teachers trained