Imaginary After School Party

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Friends of Ethiopia Reads is honoring Ben Franklin Elementary School for 11 consecutive years supporting literacy in Ethiopia. Under the leadership of Dr. Beth Randklev, principal, BRING A BOOK, BUY A BOOK has been held each spring. Students are encouraged to donate books they have read throughout the year for other readers to purchase. Parents help their children locate books … Read More

Gebeta Library

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The Gebeta Children’s Library has been serving children in the Kebena neighborhood of Addis Ababa since its establishment on September 25, 2013. Open every day, and often on weekends too, the library mainly serves children from Kindergarten through Grade 7. Many are students who come after regular school hours looking for a quiet, well lit, place to study, but the … Read More

Ethiopia Reads honored by Library of Congress

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Ethiopia Reads was recognized as an official Honoree at the Library of Congress’ 2016 Literacy Awards ceremony held in Washington D.C. on October 27th, 2016. The Library of Congress Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. The awards recognize groups doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need … Read More

Ethiopia Reads Celebrates! Shola Library

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Hawassa Reading Center is turning 10 this year and we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate Ethiopia Reads entire history! Today we look back at our first library, the Shola Library in Addis Ababa. The beginnings were simple – the Shola Library was opened out of the first floor of the home of the ER’s first director in the Bekelo Bet … Read More

Inside Look: Harar School Book Club

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At Ethiopia Reads, we believe that reading culture is more than books. We make a point to train teachers and librarians to use books to best purpose. But perhaps even more important is the cultivation of enduring institutions in the school community that promote the value of reading and books. It’s all the better if those are student-driven. That’s why … Read More

Volunteering with Ethiopia Reads: Experiences and Perspectives [Part 5]

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This is the final part of an ongoing series chronicling the volunteering experiences of Nick Thayer, who recently returned from a 2 month visit to Ethiopia Reads schools and libraries in Addis Ababa. By Nicholas Thayer [Continued from Part 4…] When I think back on my time at Gebeta, even now before I’ve left Ethiopia, it’s hard to decide what … Read More

Volunteering with Ethiopia Reads: Experiences and Perspectives [Part 4]

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This is one part of an ongoing series chronicling the volunteering experiences of Nick Thayer, who recently returned from a 2 month visit to Ethiopia Reads schools and libraries in Addis Ababa. By Nicholas Thayer [Continued from part 3…] On my last Saturday at the library, the staff and kids organized a goodbye party for me. It was probably the … Read More

Volunteering with Ethiopia Reads: Experiences and Perspectives [Part 3]

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This is one part of an ongoing series chronicling the volunteering experiences of Nick Thayer, who recently returned from a 2 month visit to Ethiopia Reads schools and libraries in Addis Ababa. By Nicholas Thayer [Continued from Part 2…] So I did. At first, while I was still getting my bearings in my new life and trying to get acquainted … Read More

Volunteering with Ethiopia Reads: Experiences and Perspectives [Part 2]

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This is one part of an ongoing series chronicling the volunteering experiences of Nick Thayer, who recently returned from a 2 month visit to Ethiopia Reads schools and libraries in Addis Ababa. By Nicholas Thayer [Continued from Part 1…] When I first arrived in Addis Abeba, I was almost completely overwhelmed with the number of things I had to do. … Read More

Volunteering with Ethiopia Reads: Experiences and Perspectives [Part 1]

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This is one part of an ongoing series chronicling the volunteering experiences of Nick Thayer, who recently returned from a 2 month visit to Ethiopia Reads schools and libraries in Addis Ababa. By Nicholas Thayer Sammy, Nati, Surafi, Nardos, Hanna, Tigist, Fraol. Semhal, Yemisrach, Bronn, Kalkidan. The girl with the crazy hair; the girl with the black mark in the … Read More