The Winner of IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2016

Khajeh Nafas library

Geographical location: Western Jafarby Village ,Bandar Torkaman, Golestan Province
Age-group: From kindergarten to high school
Number of Library members: 300 children and adolescents (200 girls & 100 boys)
Number of books: 124 titles and 231 books
Date of Outfit: Autumn 2013 and Autumn 2014

Khajeh Nafas library was established in the upper floor of the village official building in 2013. In the same year the library joined Read with Me Project by the efforts of Siyavash Morshedi, Faculty Member of Islamic Azad University of Gomishan, Gorgan. Since then the librarians of this center have promoted reading among children and adolescents by holding Reading Aloud sessions and doing related activities. Once again in 2014 a collection of Read with Me selected books was sent to this library by one of benefactors. Read with Me project continues its work in this library.

Overview

In recent years the number of Khajeh Nafas Public Library members have increased from 130 to 300 who are between 3 to 12 years old. Most of the members are girls. About 215 girls and 95 boys – mostly aged 10 to 12 – borrow books from the library each month. They can keep the borrowed book for seven days and each member can borrow three books per week. Also each month, five Reading Aloud sessions are held by a librarian who has been trained specially for this purpose.

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