Reading Rooms for schools

Reading Rooms for schools

More than half of children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading.

Beautiful school libraries

Reading Rooms provide an entire school with access to high-quality, interesting and educational books. Reading Rooms are what many people might think of as a typical school library- one large room designated just for reading.

The schools that receive Reading Rooms are generally larger schools in rural Asian communities. These schools generally have between 200-900 students in total, who each gain access to the school’s Reading Room.

Reading Rooms are donated to schools that already have the infrastructure for a school library. Instead of constructing a room, The Library Project visits the school and works with the local education department to use space the school already has. We turn large, empty rooms into beautiful new children’s libraries for schools.

What’s in a Reading Room?

The Library Project’s Reading Room contains 1,000 local language, age-appropriate children’s books. Students have a range of books to read, from interesting storybooks about female empowerment to educational books about space. A globe and maps are included, too. Reading Rooms also come with child-safe, colorful furniture, creating a comfortable space for students to read.

Emma Yang, TLP’s Post-Assessment & Evaluation Specialist, conducting a literacy program at a recent library donation.

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 ways to use books in their classroom and how to work with other teachers to use the library well. 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