First of all, YUM is very excited to announce that we are now a member of the Clinton Global Initiative! Established in 2005 by President Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the wolrd’s most pressing challenges.
Now, for exciting library news: YUM has implemented a new lending system and library membership card at our library! This is the first time that our community will be able to borrow books and read them at home.
YUM is consistently working to improve its Community Library to meet the growing needs of the dynamic community that it serves. On average, over 1,000 children and young adults visit the library monthly, including preschoolers and at least five local schools. The children are excited and eager to learn, therefore, creative and interesting activities continue to be organized and facilitated by YUM staff. These activities include storytelling, reading aloud, drawing and English Club. A glass of milk is provided weekly for each child who participates in these events.
Our librarian, Ardiyanto Suntoro, has implemented a new database, which categorizes the entire collection of books by genre and age. This enables less relevant texts to be donated elsewhere, where they will be utilized better. Ardiyanto has also documented all of the books that have been donated to the library. During a recent event at YUM Village, students from the Jakarta International School painted the library bookshelves vibrant yellow and orange! The library furniture will soon be rearranged and additional reading lamps will be installed.
All of this has been made possible by the support of GlobalGiving, YUM friends, and supporters! Thank you so much to those who have supported this project. You have helped to bring positive change through education! We look forward to touching many lives in our work here at YUM Village!
With YUM’s new and improved Community Library, many children and young adults have enjoyed the easy access to the various information and reading materials offered by the Library.
Currently, up to five schools, groups of learning clubs and many pre-schools children regularly visits the library and participate in the many fun and educational activities. The library on average is visited by over 30 children and young adults a day. An impressive improvement for a community that has only been newly introduced to the enjoyment and benefits of reading!
With funding support from various YUM friends and supporters gained through Global Giving, we are now able to employ a librarian who has started to develop and expand the library services, such as include a new reading lab for children wanting to learn reading. Additionally, a new database system has been created in order to store data concerning book collection, number of visions and much more.
Furthermore, to attract more visitors, the librarian along with YUM’s young Australian volunteer, Kimika Oddie, has begun to create scheduled activities for visitors to participate in, such as; storytelling, reading aloud, creative days - drawing, English club and many others. Once a week, the library also provide a glass of milk for each children visited our library after the morning exercise.
Thanks to all donors who have supported this project!
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