By 2016, L3 will launch at least 80 mobile libraries, each shared by a number of neighboring communities, and each containing nearly a thousand different titles for a variety of reading levels and interests. Picture books, storybooks, and novels will appeal to a wide range of age groups so that mobile libraries will engage not only schools, but also the entire community in reading for enjoyment.
A READING CULTURE
L3 is a key partner in the Rwanda Education Board's Rwanda Reads Initiative, a four-year campaign to encourage the culture of reading and to put books into the hands of children, parents, and the community. While schools may have text books and other school materials, there is a dearth of books for recreational reading. Mobile libraries will be essential in providing access to such reading materials.
Mobile libraries will be deployed across the country in the most isolated of communities, where there is little opportunity to access rich and enjoyable reading materials. Peace Corps Volunteers will mobilize and organize communities to be prepared to receive and well-utilize this wealth of resources. They will arrange trainings about caring for books and managing the library itself, and they will equip local community leaders with the skills to continue managing the libraries after the project’s completion in 2016.
Locally and internationally-produced books in Kinyarwanda and English were reviewed and critically selected so that only books of the best quality which appeal most to communities will be included in the libraries. Books will be classified and color-coded according to reading level to allow children and community members to choose appropriately. The aim is for parents, teachers, older siblings, and others in the community to borrow books along with children to model and encourage the habit of reading.