Every child deserves to experience the power and the joy of reading

89

school libraries set up in South Africa since 2010

352,000

Books distributed in South Africa

72

Trained & employed library assistants

92, 000

Number of learners reached for the first time

In South Africa 74% of public schools do not have libraries
Source: Department of Basic Education, National Education Infrastructure Management System (NEIMS) Report, August 2019, available at www.education.gov.za.

What we do


We identify schools that need libraries, and we partner with them to build vibrant and well-stocked libraries for their learners. We seek funding to help cover the costs of setting up the libraries; we stock the libraries with a range of fiction, non-fiction and reference books with help from professional librarians; and we employ trained library assistants to care for and grow the libraries.

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Aims of the Bookery


  • Set up school libraries filled with contemporary and diverse content that is local and global, with fiction and non-fiction to inspire young readers of all ages and languages
  • Recruit, train and support librarians and library assistants to ensure the Bookery’s libraries are vibrant, loved and safe spaces for learners
  • Partner with the host schools to ensure the sustainability and growth of the Bookery’s libraries
  • Build local and international partnerships to drive literacy and reading in South Africa, to provide school libraries with books, computers and IT facilities, and to promote innovative uses of school libraries
  • Achieve a nationwide reach through well managed and anchor-funded growth.

How to get involved


Help us create dynamic libraries that inspire a love of reading, break barriers and inspire lives. Here are some ways for you to make a meaningful impact:

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In South Africa, nearly 60% of households do not own books for recreational reading

South African Book Development Council (SABDC), National Reading Survey 2016

Partners


Our local and international partners, affiliates and funders include:

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From operations staff and library assistants to trustees, we are all aligned in our efforts to bring literature and opportunities to our communities.