We set up bi-lingual Libraries for children aged 3 up to 18 years old in remote and poor villages. Often, when a village head hears of Books for Hope Library program, they are exhilarated. He spreads the word around, and the children become excited. This is because, even though in some villages where a primary school exists, books are insufficient. Due to the low income level of their parents, the children did not have the opportunity to enjoy any recreational books. Having a village Library filled with colorful charts, hundreds of wonderful books, games, puzzles and world maps have unleashed the dreams of many children, teachers and parents.
Our Village Library Project:
Location : 1km from Borobudur Temple, Jogjakarta, Central Jawa
No. of Children : 250
No. of School : 4
No. of Library : 1
Socio-Economic Profile: Farmers, Tourism
Location : On mountainous area, 200km from Jakarta
No. of Children : 1000
No. of School : 2
No. of Library : 0
Socio-Economic Profile: Farmers, Maids in Middle East
Books for Hope’s Library Model
Books for Hope supplies 250 – 1000 books to each Library. These books, consisting of both new and used books, are both in their local language and English Language in the ratio of 7:3. Books range from subjects such as Science and Literature up to a variety of books about the world, art & craft, music, famous people, interesting places, and children’s magazines. We also supply educational charts, games, puzzles and other useful teaching tools.
The Library will be managed by a Librarian whom Books for Hope will train personally. The Library Management System includes labeling and recording of each book, each child having a unique Library card and a ‘reading journal’ where they summarize or make notes on the books that they have read. Books are categorized by topics, and reading books are further categorized by level of difficulty:
1 : Ages 3 -5
2 : Ages 6- 8
3: Ages 9 – 12
4: Ages 13 – 15
5: Ages 16 and above
Staying true to Books for Hope’s model of total involvement and ownership from the villagers, the Library will not be seen as a ‘Free Gift’ from us, but as a starting point of their children’s better future. The project ultimately belongs to them.