GS Byimana's library used to be a room for book storage, but not a place for students to use while reading.
Rwandan culture always treated books as valuable objects that need to be guarded, but now we are committed to creating a reading culture where books can be both protected and used.
We began two years ago by building a new library building. The new library would have to be both big enough to house a good collection of books and a place for visitors to read books, look at their pictures, browse, study and relax in the peaceful quiet of this new kind of space. Next came the slow process of going through all the books we have already and beginning to organize them. We also received generous donations of beautiful educational books from friends in the United States. By now almost all of the books have a place in the new library catalog and a Dewey Decimal System number on their spines.
Now, we have received the good news that our school received a U.S. Peace Corps grant that gives us a budget to build our library's collection. We expect to add over 1,000 volumes. But -- more books need more shelves. More users will need more tables and chairs. We have a plan to lay out the library space in a way that will encourage students to understand how our book collection is classified. This Campaign asks for donations to cover the cost of new shelves and improved lighting in the library building. Our goal is to raise $1,800 by the middle of September. if we can do that, new shelves and lighting can be in place by the time our new books arrive around the end of the month.
Please visit our facebook page for more information about our school and this project. https://web.facebook.com/GS-Byimana-829625060519209/?ref=bookmarks
and - THANKS!