March 19th, 2014
Last week I was given charge of the library for the next few weeks. At first, I was unsure of what to do. However, I knew that my love of literature was enough to help me find great ways to inspire the same in the kids. The first few days, we stuck to the routine- reading a book aloud and passing it in a circle. But, there were some issues: the other kids didn’t pay much attention to the child who read, and those that did listen didn’t really remember anything that happened in the story. I wanted to engage them in a different way. So, I tried something new. I allowed them to choose a book, and then if they wanted to take that book home, I would write down their name and the book title. On Tuesday, it was chaos. They were so HUNGRY to read! All of them wanted to take a book home. By Thursday I had a system that helped things go smoothly, and by the end of the week almost 70 books were checked out in all. Some of the kids even read their books in one day and returned them the next to check out another! I am so excited to see them so excited about reading, and I can only hope that their desire to read and learn continues to grow.
Yesterday we also had some volunteers from Go International come and help us reorganize the library, which was a huge blessing!
– Danielle Summerfeldt, Volunteer