WE BUILT A LIBRARY. What an amazing thing to be able to say out loud!!
We started here FIVE+ YEARS AGO…
And now we’re here…
We have an endless list of people to thank for making this project possible. As seen above, this library started as a bookshelf on wheels five+ years ago-and thanks to the vision of our resident librarians, Amos + Beenzu, we now have a designated space for kids and adults in the community to come to read and check out books. There aren’t words for how grateful we are.
Having watched children fall in love with reading these past years has been the greatest privilege and more than ever has us convinced that the world is a better place when people have access to information. And so, we are in serious celebration mode over here!
We were honored to sit with Chief Macha last week to share how the library came to be + how we hope it will be a meaningful space for the community. We shared our desire to fill it with books written by African authors + all the Zambian curriculum we can find. Chief Macha cares about sanitation and education and we are committed to growing those subjects, too. It was an encouraging conversation + we were grateful for his advice and continued support.
The library is separated into three rooms. The middle section is where most of the children’s books to be loaned out can be found. Books are organized by subject or reading level and labeled accordingly. We have an iPad with a library app that makes checking books in and out quick + easy.
Our ‘blue room’ is our designated space to teach + encourage early learners. We have games designed to make reading fun and engaging. We’ll have a trained teacher on staff to work out of this room each afternoon-to help maintain an organized but unstructured chaos 😉
And our ‘green room’ is designated for adults to study, read, + write. We have a small but growing collection of books to be loaned out-which we hadn’t previously had. We’ll have hours each morning + evening for those interested in doing school work or reading from a quiet space.
The library has a large veranda with couches + we’re in the early stages of growing grass and planting shade trees-all designed to be inviting spaces that people want to spend their time. We hope the space comes alongside the other organizations + programs happening within Macha-to empower and encourage continued growth + development.
For now, we celebrate this space and thank Jesus-and so many of you-for playing a role in making it happen. The world is good-and this library is a testament to that truth.