International Day of the Book – Resita City, Romania

Dominique Zara, municipal librarian in Resita City, Romania celebrated the International Day of the book and the Day of English that took place on April 23 this year. Some children at daycare centers in the city who implemented hours of English came to the Judith’s Reading Room liInternational Day of The Bookbrary to read together andInternational Day of The Book enjoy the beautiful books.

“I attached some pictures from our activities. I was happy to had some teenage volunteers participate in this acționează. They were from Italy, Belgia and Spain. They come in our town for 1 year and they wanted to come to our library to assist in Celebrating The International Day of the book.”

On September 8, 2014, UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, five libraries were dedicated in Resita City, Romania. The five libraries, one of which is named the Judith’s Reading Room Library, serves 70,000 residents. The request from municipal librarian, Dominique Zara, is for a total of 6,000-7,000 books, including books to teach English to city politicians. Her goal with respect to that audience is to demonstrate that a library is an indispensable asset in a city and that librarians can do great things for all citizens.

Dominique is a librarian who Walks the Talk, Read more librarian-walks-the-talk

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Celebrating English Language in Resita City, Romania

Cathy Leiber and Kimberly Bush made a short video sending a message to Dominique Zara, municipal librarian in Resita City, Romania in honor of International Day of the Book.

Dominique celebrated the International day of the book and the Day of English that takes place on April 23 this year. Some children at daycare centers in the city who implemented hours of English came to the Judith’s Reading Room library to read together and enjoy the beautiful books.

On September 8, 2014, UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, five libraries were dedicated in Resita City, Romania. The five libraries, one of which is named the Judith’s Reading Room Library, serves 70,000 residents. The request from municipal librarian, Dominique Zara, is for a total of 6,000-7,000 books, including books to teach English to city politicians. Her goal with respect to that audience is to demonstrate that a library is an indispensable asset in a city and that librarians can do great things for all citizens.

Dominique is a librarian who Walks the Talk, Read more http://www.judithsreadingroom.org/librarian-walks-the-talk/

Children at Anjali House, Cambodia

A new photo of children using our books at Anjali House, Cambodia.

Anjali House is a local NGO that is supporting 120 students and their families through education, basic care and the arts. All the children and young adults from 5 to 19 years old come from impoverished families who can’t afford the cost of education and most of the time can only provide a meal a day.

Here is a lshort video that introduces Anjali House

Librarian “Walks the Talk”

Reading in Resita City, Romania

The story here is that one fabulous librarian “walks the talk” when encouraging children to learn to read! Dominique Zara, municipal librarian in Restia City, Romania who is on maternity leave shared these wonderful photos of her 11 month old daughter and “she really love to read her but more than this she love to watch books herself. And I am very proud of her and happy because of this books she knows all the animals and plants and many things!”.
On September 8, 2014, UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, five libraries were dedicated in Resita City, Romania. The five libraries, one of which is named the Judith’s Reading Room Library, serves 70,000 residents. The request from municipal librarian, Dominique Zara, is for a total of 6,000-7,000 books, including books to teach English to city politicians. Her goal with respect to that audience is to demonstrate that a library is an indispensable asset in a city and that librarians can do great things for all citizens.
Dominique told me that the 5 Judith’s Reading Room libraries in Resita City continue to provide opportunities for children to learn English.  When she returns to work from maternity leave she will institute a reading program for the elderly and children.

Children’s Library Opens in Zambia

Judith’s Reading Room announces its 95th Library in its 18th Country

November 29, 2016 — Lehigh Valley, Pa. Judith’s Reading Room, a local literacy nonprofit organization founded in 2010 announced today that it opened its 95th library in the world in its 18th country. The Mukwashi Trust School, serving 385 children in grades Pre-K through 9th, near Lusaka, Zambia is the latest recipient of a custom, hand-picked collection of outstanding children’s literature.

In collaboration with John Farrell, founder of Bridges of Peace & Hope and 2016 Runner-Up of the Freedom Through Literacy Award, Judith’s Reading Room responded to the proven results of Mukwashi Trust School and dedicated itself to providing the perfect books. “These books will help the children learn to read and allow them to expand their horizons and knowledge in ways that will enrich their lives for many years to come,” said Farrell. He added, “the students, teachers and families of Mukwashi Trust School LOVE books and believe that reading and writing connect them to the world beyond the school and beyond their country.”

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Judith’s Reading Room sponsors the annual $10,000 Freedom Through Literacy Award open to teachers, librarians, authors, booksellers, non-profit literacy organizations and educators — in a word, anyone in the world who has done exemplary work to instill in others a love of reading. Click here for the online  application the 2017 Freedom Through Literacy Award. Deadline for applying is July 7, 2017.

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The Judith’s Reading Room library at Mukwashi Trust School is dedicated in the memory of Nancy Kasso, sister of the co-founders of Judith’s Reading Room. Nancy was an avid animal lover and tireless volunteer who dedicated her life to making and preserving beautiful things. Judith’s Reading Room has eponymous libraries in 18 countries containing a total of 127,179 books valued at nearly $1.4 million dollars. The organization is dedicated to building connections and relationships around the world through adult and children’s literature.

2017 Freedom Through Literacy Award Kickoff

Judith’s Reading Room Kicked-Off its 2017 Freedom Through Literacy Award at PA Statewide Literacy Conference

ksra-2016-kickoff-photoOctober 26, 2016 — Lehigh Valley, Pa. Judith’s Reading Room kicked off its 2017 Freedom Through Literacy Award over the weekend at the 2016 Keystone State Reading Association’s (KSRA) 49th annual conference in Seven Springs, PA. Board members staffed a display that highlighted the organization’s 2016 Award winners and encouraged conference attendees to apply for the 2017 Award. The conference attracted 350 reading specialists, authors, librarians, booksellers, and literacy experts representing myriad disciplines.

The 3rd annual $10,000 Freedom Through Literacy Award, a signature element of Judith’s Reading Room, a non-profit literacy organization founded in memory of Judith Krug, a librarian whose career spanned 40 years with the American Library Association, will honor six individual champions of literacy at KSRAs 50th annual conference in Hershey, PA, October 8-11, 2017. Award winners will headline a best practices panel at the conference to demonstrate how their award-winning initiatives can be replicated.

Applications for the 2017 Freedom Through Literacy Award are available on line at www.JudithsReadingRoom.org/APPLY. Anyone who has done exemplary work to instill in others a love of reading from anywhere in the world is eligible. The Award carries a top prize of $5,000 and up to five $1,000 runners-up awards.

Deadline for applications is July 7 2017. Individuals may self-nominate or others may nominate their favorite literacy champion.

Library at Aitezaz Hussain Shaheed School

Judith’s Reading Room Library at Aitezaz Hussain Shaheed School

The story of the Judith’s Reading Room Library at Aitezaz Hussain Shaheed School   from Basarat Kazim, 2015 Grand Prize winner of the Freedom Through Literacy Award.  Thank you Basarat for sharing!

It was the 6th of January 2014.It was a cold, misty morning. School had been in session for almost a week. Hangu has a long summer break and the winter holidays are brief. Aitezaz had come back to school with his usual smile and helpful attitude. He had also made plans to work really hard and excel in his studies.

Ms. Basart Kazim, "Alif Laila Book Bus Society's Mobile Bus Library"So,happy and alert he was a short distance away from school when a fellow student called out, “Aitezaz, look! That man has something which doesn’t seem right”. Aitezaz looked. The man did too. And in that split second, Aitezaz knew what he must do. He understood the man’s motive. He was approaching the school with ill intentions. He was going to create disaster. Aitezaz ran. The man did the same, but before he could enter the gates of the school, Aitezaz grappled with him. The bomb exploded and the two were no more. One a hero, the other a murderer.

And so Aitezaz Hussain of Hangu, a small district in KPK Pakistan, became a national icon, a legend, a Shaheed ( martyr). At the age of 15, he accomplished what many are not able to in much longer life spans.He gave up his own life for the collective good, choosing to die himself but save hundreds others.

Grieving parents and a traumatised school bore this loss with the quiet dignity and grace that has become Pakistan’s lot. So many of its daughters and sons are repeatedly swallowed up by the evil tentacles of terrorism!

When the 1st Judith Reading Room’s library arrived in Pakistan, Aitezaz’s school seemed the right home for it, and so that is where it went, along with furniture, some more books and materials so that the school could have its own library.

The school has lessons in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language, but English is taught as a subject. The students had access to English story books and fiction for the first time. While talking to some teachers from the school I learnt that the high school has been extended to twelve grades now, instead of the previous ten. The older boys who are keen to enhance their skills and knowledge come to the library before school or during free periods to enjoy the books. The dictionary has become a great favourite as they look up meanings of words they don’t know. And the books are opening up new worlds to them. They are reading stories about other lands, other young people and building bridges between cultures. Walls that separate people into ‘the other’ are crumpling. So for Mohammad Shams, aged 10, the library forms another world, one he visits to pick up books, look at their pictures and form words that make up the  story. He has one chicken, two goats and a cow at home so stories about animals appeal to him.

Afaq Hussain turned 14 this year. He wants to study medicine and plays cricket in his spare time. Sitting and reading in the library is a favourite past time.

It allows him to dream about his future!

Muallim Ali is 18 years old. He spends volunteer hours at the National Institute of Pharmacy and is keen to learn more about disease control. He also wants more knowledge to further his hobby, and also the family’s need, of growing vegetables.

Books are broadening horizons and creating new possibilities. Thank you Judith’s Reading Room for entering the lives of school children in Hangu, Pakistan.