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Parande Library in Panjshir: A Dream Come True!

This fall was a cold one, full of violence and disorder for Afghanistan. But, in the midst of bullets and tears, you could also hear children laughing. A laugh reminiscent of books and literacy. The place bringing such joy to children is Parande…
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Yar-e-Mehraban Library, New Addition to Read with Me Libraries

Yar-e-Mehraban Read with Me Library was established this September. Located at an elementary school in Arak, Markazi province, this library is host to more than 400 students from nearby schools. Yar-e-Mehraban Library has a child-centered design…

Two Read with Me Libraries Selected as Iran’s Best Interactive Libraries

On Books, Reading and Librarians Day on 14 November 2020, Iran Public Library Organization introduced the six most active public interactive libraries of 2020 two of which were Read with Me libraries. Khansar Library in Isfahan and Meraj Andishe…

Azarestan Library Doesn’t Leave Children Behind During the Pandemic

It has been 6 years since the workers at Azarestan Construction Co. have adopted a new custom within their families and started reading books. In 2014, a Read with Me project, unlike any other, started in this company with full support from…

Mahtab Library Starts its Activities in Chaikhansar Village

This Wednesday, on 30 September 2020, Mahtab Library was opened in Chaikhansar Village, Gilan. This library was established in memory of Mahtab Ghavami on her birthday with support from her family.  It is equipped with about 1200 children…

International Day of Peace: activities in a Read with Me center

On the International Day of Peace, tutors at Mehr-o-Mah Empowerment Center shared the books “Little Blue and Little Yellow” and “How to Heal a Broken Wing” with children. Peace is a living value. Peace is a universal concept. When…

iRead Interview with Zohreh Ghaeni, Founder of Read with Me Program

About iRead The IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Award has been established by the Shenzhen iRead Foundation and IBBY to encourage a real commitment to the cause of reading promotion in the hope of spreading this dedication to others…

Read with Me Library Activities during the Pandemic

Read with Me librarians haven’t forgotten about children during the pandemic. Children’s mental and social well-being is one of their main concerns which is why they work towards counteracting the damage done by the closure of schools, libraries…
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Interview with Mahdi Housaini, founder of Parande Library: With Books, Children Can Dream

Books Connecting to Persian-speaking countries and sharing experiences with reading promotion groups has been a longtime dream of “Read with Me”. Most recently, Read with Me has been able to send 1100 books and library resources to Parande,…

Zalaan Library: A Dream the Color of Books and Libraries

Children of Zalaan village impatiently await the end of coronavirus. They are longing to go to their library. A library that didn’t exist before the pandemic and was established in spring 2020. Zalaan village has a population of over 1500,…

Read with Me Libraries Reopening in Kermanshah Province

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, schools were closed across Iran. Consequently, Read with Me teachers, librarians and promoters’ connection with children was cut off. Closure of schools, libraries and cultural centers can be traumatic for…

Story of a Child-centered Library Longing for Children to Visit

In late autumn, one of the teachers at Nabovvat Elementary School, a school in the marginal regions of Tehran, joined the Read with Me program through the One Teacher, One Classroom, One Library campaign. She requested the establishment of a…

Reading Promotion from Home – an experience in Sarpol-e Zahab

Read with Me Libraries have been closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and consequently members lost access to books. However, Read with Me promoters did not sit idly. Given the restrictions, they still tried to continue their activities for…

Read with Me Libraries in 2019

The role of libraries in strengthening the bonds of children with books has been of utmost importance to the Read with Me program. Therefore, classroom libraries have been an inseparable part of every project regardless of region or circumstances.…

Ghargharuk Read with Me Library Is Now Open

A Read with Me library was established this February in a nomadic elementary school in Ghargharuk village, Zahedan. With Bahremand family as its patrons, this library, is now a safe shelter for children of this village. A library with more than…

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