library from afar?

I have written a lot about the library I helped organize. I don’t know if I have focused enough on my worries that it will not be used…well. I’m really worried my work was in vain.

BUT!

good news!

A new volunteer has arrived in Patihani for FACE Nepal. It is part of her job to look after the library. She has developed a sign out system and has told me that the library really is open every day, and that the kids are actually using the library regularly! 🙂

exciting stuff.

final touches.

Today I finished the final touches of the library (ie the final painting)

As I was doing so, at some point I just had to laugh…three years ago, my art teacher was always trying to get me to work on bigger and bigger canvases for my IB Art show…I wonder if this would have been big enough ^^

Well. Tomorrow will be the teachers’ introduction and then my stay in Nepal is over. My stay with FACE Nepal however will not finish now.

Every three months we will hand out a questionnaire to the teachers, the headmaster and the students to be able to analyse the usage of the library. Exciting things are happening.

This is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for when I came to Nepal. I wanted something to take back ‘home’ with me to continue working for the NGO, or at least the country. And this is just PERFECT! 🙂

Thank you FACE Nepal for allowing me to do this project!

library

I am working on organizing and establishing the library of Shree Ganganagar School with the help of FACE Nepal (www.facenepal.org) and am trying to compile a manual for the teachers who are in charge of the library for when I am gone. I want to make sure that I did everything I can do to enable the school to use the library!

Dear teachers, parents, librarians, school staff, development workers, authors or whoever is interested in books,

I’m writing a manual for libraries that contains different activities that can be conducted with children of all ages (or age specific activities) for the library that I painted and am organizing at the Ganganagar School. I would greatly appreciate any ideas anyone else has!

The activities should be reading, comprehension and student oriented. Also, since the manual is for a rural school in Nepal, no materials except for books should be needed (except maybe pen and paper).

back at school.

Now that I am back from my trip, I went back to work…but my schedule has drastically changed, since the government schools have resumed normal classes.

I will still do one hour of class in the Ganganagar Learning Center in the morning (from 7 am to 8 am). Both the morning groups will be mixed. Which means I will have kids from Nursery to 7th grade in one group. That’s a challenge! But we will manage. I only have on hour, because although school only starts at 10, the kids should be heading to school at around 9 o’clock. This is not because they have to walk an hour to school (they have to walk something like 10 minutes), but because in Nepal it is normal for kids to play on school grounds for an hour before classes start. I think, this way there are a lot fewer kids who will be late…

As Shreeram showed Ruth and me around school he mentioned that the school had a library that wasn’t really being used because it’s not organized. Seizing the opportunity I asked to see the place. I was amazed by the number of books and materials present in the library, and when Shreeram showed me a book with the ‘room to read’ logo on it my decision was final. I will make this library usable! I will make it so the ‘room to read’ books are being put to use! I hate seeing books just sort of sitting somewhere molding away.

So, somehow I ended up in a library…once again. (This seems to be a recurring theme in my volunteer work…maybe I should abandon my teaching career that hasn’t even really started yet to become a librarian hehe).