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Update: The library you helped build for the Buy India a Library project

I am very happy to provide new information about the library that you helped fund in Mysore, India.
Justin and Jan did a presentation about the project at Bibliotekartag 20012 in Hamburg, Germany Thursday 24 May at 12.30 PM – Here is a little more about what the focus of the presentation was: Why the story of Buy India a Library is (still) important

We have received a report on the status of the project and I am telling you this is AWESOME. I will hand the microphone to Florence form the organisation Good Gifts. Good Gifts are in charge of all the practical stuff.

The Buy India a Library Project – The Library Itself

The Library funded by the Buy India a Library Project is being established in the Government Higher Primary School, in Gousiyanagare, Mysore district, Karnataka, southern India. The school has 820 pupils, from classes 1 to 10.

Our partner in Mysore has been working since 1984 for the development of people living in slums, street children and child labourers. It reaches out to 50,000 people in 56 slums and 20 villages in Mysore, Mandya and Chamrajnagar districts. Its aim is to empower the marginalised poor to live a dignified life through collective action for regaining human rights and building sustainable community development.

The library project took off from a humble beginning, procuring books and storing them in boxes in the absence of bookshelves. Books were also circulated among the poor people in slums, particularly to encourage parents to support their children’s reading. These modest steps were greeted with such enthusiasm that it was decided to expand the project to establish furnished libraries in government schools.

The libraries are open to all of the pupils in the school. Each library holds around 2000 books, both fiction and reference books to help with school work and for wider learning. Children can use the reading rooms, as well as borrowing books to take home. After a year, in which the school will be given advice and training in book keeping and record maintenance, the library will be handed over to the school, so that they can continue to run the library successfully themselves.

In India, people in the slums and villages have little opportunity for reading. Although there are public libraries in the district headquarters, these facilities are utilized by very few people, with only the highly educated or affluent class benefitting.

Most of the children in slums and villages go to government schools. In principle, most government schools do not have library facilities. An exclusive place meant for books, with furniture for children to sit and read, is a rare sight in these schools. Even in the classroom, books are few and far between, and huge classes make it even harder for pupils to get their hands on them. Most parents are illilerate, so there is often little support for reading habits at home. There is therefore an urgent need to renovate and modify classrooms to provide facilities for a library space.

Why Promote Reading Habits:
Reading is essential for children. It helps them develop initiative, originality and character, as well as providing varied entertainment and invaluable knowledge. Reading also opens up new possibilities and instills good values, laying the foundation for a better tomorrow.

Strategy for Sustainable Libraries:
The library project aims to address problems of lack of quality education in the government schools by developing reading habits among the children and thus widening their world of knowledge.

To ensure the libraries are embraced by both children and parents in the long run, the project focuses on:

  • Building rapport with school children, teachers, community members and SDMC (School Development and Monitoring Committee) members.
  • Forming library committees comprising eight members including children in each of the selected schools and equipping with the knowledge to manage a library.
  • Selecting schools in slums and villages based on the criteria of need and situation analysis.

Each library will have an appointed coordinator who will monitor its function and ensure its proper use. They will also be responsible for organising various programmes to encourage the children’s reading habits.

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What´s keeping us busy? Status £ 1920,82

Dear supporters

A very short update on what´s keeping the #buyalib team busy.

  • We collected donations via a paypal account in the UK and one in USA. We are looking for cheapest way to transfer the US money to UK so we can get all the money to work for the library in India.
  • We are working on how we get information from India through out the process to keep you informed about YOUR library via this blog.
  • We are waiting on an answer that could give the project a last money boost – but nothing is sure yet.

Last: Let me tell you that out donation status is £ 1920,82 – which is awesome. Thank you once again for your contributions and interest in our project.

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#buyalib update – £1,384, and we close this down on Friday

A brief update post. Thanks to some incredibly generous donations, we are now up to one thousand, three hundred and eighty-four pounds! This is enough to buy the permanent library in India we were aiming for, AND a mobile library in Africa!

Thank you all so much for promoting and donating to this project.

We’re finishing this on Friday, exactly two weeks after we started – amazing how much you can achieve collectively in a fortnight. So, if you still want to donate, make sure you get in there quick!

(Donate button removed after close of campaign. –ay)

Thank you.

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We have the bricks but we also need books

A short post to thank you for getting us more than half way towards our goal in a week.

£ 680 now collected

We now have the bricks but we still need someone to make them into a library and add books and librarians.

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We’ve raised enough for two mobile libraries, in just 24hrs!

The Buy India a Library campaign kicked off yesterday, and thanks to incredibly generous support from across the world we already have more than three hundred pounds! Donations from Europe, Australia and the UK have come flooding in, meaning that within 24hrs of launch we had already recieved enough cash to buy two mobile libraries in Africa, and a Book Grant. This is absolutely amazing – thank you!


If you can help us get further towards are ultimate goals by dontating, that would be fantastic (note the amount is in the currency Sterling / Pounds) – we still have a long way to go to reach our goals.

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Thank for any help you can give us! Whether it’s by donating using the button above, or just spreading the word about the campaign by any and all means (including tweeting a link to this post, or sharing it on Facebook – or just by telling your friends or sending an email to staff at your library) we are incredibly grateful – it’s amazing to think that where there was previously nothing, now there will be books and libraries – crowd sourced from librarians everywhere.


Subscribe to the blog for more updates on how we’re doing – and stay tuned for an in-depth look at exactly how and where the money is spent, and the organisations who are spending it.

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