Judith’s Reading Room donated 220 books valued at $1,137 to the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, an organization that provided an eight week summer program for 44 low-income children, entering grades kindergarten to sixth, with both academic and recreational activities. The donation is the joint effort to reduce ‘summer slide,’ or the loss of skill, knowledge and motivation acquired during the school year due to the lack of practice over the summer.
Donated 450 books and a mobile library cart valued at $5,926 to Children’s Home of Easton, Easton, PA, a “home away from home” for at-risk youth who cannot live at home through no fault of their own. The donation includes a literacy-rich initiative: the inauguration of a Judith’s Reading Room Book Group. The reading initiative will benefit 150 children and their families each year.
A permanent Judith’s Reading Room library, containing 125 children’s books was established inside the Riz Khan Library at the Kebonagung I School, serving 300 students in East Java, Indonesia. The first of two mobile libraries was also dedicated. The mobile library was inaugurated with 230 books and will serve 28 schools reaching nearly 3,500 students. The value of today’s donation is $2,297.
Dedicated a mobile library to Washington County’s Juvenile Detention Center ‘Harkins House,’ a nationally-recognized model program and short-term temporary residential shelter located near Portland, Oregon. This donation of 219 books, valued at $2,647, is designed to complement their existing curriculum. Literacy is a significant protective factor for at-risk youth and is strongly correlated with reducing recidivism.
Three (3) Judith’s Reading Room libraries – two mobile and one permanent — were dedicated today in Yola By Pass, Adamawa State, Nigeria serving nine (9) educational institutions and impacting over 10,000 students. Judith’s Reading Room collaborated with the American University of Nigeria, the Rotary Club of Yola, Remi Foundation, a school serving 400 including 100 special needs children, and the Karatu Foundation, an organization created to sustain libraries in various institutions in the Yola area, with the goal of increasing literacy in this area of northern Nigeria. The first donation of 120 books valued at $1,038 marked the beginning of a long-term commitment on the part of Judith’s Reading Room to ship two boxes of books per month. As of December 2012, a total of 599 books worth $3,912 have been shipped to Nigeria.
Dedicated the first-ever English language children’s library at the Candipari II School, Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia, serving 211 children. Located within the Miep Gies library containing local language books, Judith’s Reading Room, containing 125 children’s books in English worth $1,033, was dedicated today on what would have been Miep Gies’ 103rd birthday.
Dedicated our first “library-within-a-library” of The World is Just a Book Away in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia
Judith’s Reading Room and California-based The World is Just a Book Away announces our partnership to bring English and local language books to 27,000 children across Indonesia. We dedicated our first “library-within-a-library” of The World is Just a Book Away in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia with 125 hand-picked pre-school English-language books.
A Judith’s Reading Room Library is a collection of 100+ English books that exists within a WIJABA Library. WIJABA partnered with Judith’s Reading Room to provide English books to all WIJABA’s Libraries and Mobile Libraries, while also fulfilling the children’s great desires to learn and practice their English skills.