Ethiopia Reads Opens Library #16

Twelve more libraries due this year

Addis Ababa — Ethiopia Reads started the 2008-2009 school year on a high note, opening the doors of new libraries for children in schools across Addis Ababa.

These libraries are used by students, teachers and school directors, providing a safe and inviting environment for study and reading.

On average, Ethiopia Reads opens one new library every month, bringing books into the lives of thousands of children. This fall, we expand to schools in southern Ethiopia.

Ethiopia Reads libraries are planted in partnership with families, businesses, schools, community groups and service clubs in the United States.

Cynsational Notes

“Ethiopia Reads’ mission is to create a reading culture in Ethiopia by connecting children with books. We do this by planting libraries for children, publishing books in English as well as local Ethiopian languages, and training Ethiopian librarians and teachers to cultivate a love of reading. Our supporters include readers, writers, educators, librarians, children, grandparents–anyone who shares our belief that books make a difference in the lives of children.”

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Read an author interview with Jane Kurtz on the Ethiopian Books for Children and Educational Foundation and Memories of the Sun: Stories of Africa and America.