A library’s just not a library without books. But there wasn’t a book in sight in this library – and that needed to change ASAP!
Luckily, our US visitors had filled their suitcases with books for the library – their favorites from when their kids were kids…or even when they were kids…Charlotte’s Web, Where the Wild Things Are, Stuart Little.
As we opened up their bags and began putting the books on our new book shelves, the place was finally starting to feel like a library. Green Eggs and Ham, Goat with Many Coats, The Cat and the King, and many more…
In addition to the books our travelers brought, we purchased some local favorites and some materials in French and Kinyarwanda. The kids section was pretty well stocked by the end of the day (although, you can never have too many books – especially for a camp of 13,000 people!).
“This is going to be magical for the kids,” Jacques Rumanyika told us. “They’ve never seen this many books in one place before.”
But this library isn’t just about kids. It needs books for adults and young adults, too – and we weren’t able to fill that need. If you’re interested in doing a book drive – and sending your books directly to Rwanda and Nyabiheke – please send us a message to email@example.com .
While we weren’t able to stock the library with reading materials for adults, we do have our eye on a library project for tomorrow that’s all about a specific group of adults…