CONTACT: Cathy Leiber
Adult Community Literacy Program awarded a custom Judith’s Reading Room Library
November 21, 2021 — Judith’s Reading Room dedicated its 103rd library today at Jabulani Community Center in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This custom library contains books designed for teenagers and adults who, for whatever reason, find themselves grown but not fully literate.
The difficulty was to find appropriate adult-level reading materials with locally relevant stories. Books were out of print but soft copies were provided on the website of a South Africa publisher. The library contains very simple entry-level reading books to more complex and detailed stories. Primary and secondary teachers facilitate the program in the evening, earning them additional income.
“Giving teenagers and adults in any country, in any community, the opportunity to come to a community center and learn to read without judgement helps empower parents and raise literate children,” said Cathy Leiber, President, Judith’s Reading Room.
This is the second library Judith’s Reading Room has dedicated in Zimbabwe with its nonprofit literacy partner, Children in the Wilderness. “Watching someone work their way through a sentence that they weren’t able to do before is truly heart-warming,” states Sarah Adams, CHE.
Judith’s Reading Room’s mission is to enrich lives and societies by proactively encouraging freedom through literacy. In 11 years, that mission has been fulfilled by establishing 103 libraries in 22 countries.