Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Chavel's Library and Learning Center, One of Five New Libraries Now Open!

In February, Ethiopia Reads opened the doors on five new libraries in Addis Ababa. These new libraries were opened in partnership with government schools and sponsors in the United States, who provided the funding for books, furniture, staff and training. The libraries are all open six days a week. Since opening, each has attracted hundreds of children every day.

At Chavel's Library and Learning Center, pictured here, boys and girls from Yewket Fana Elementary School are drawn by 2,000 books in English as well as local Ethiopian languages. This colorful, light-filled room is a gift from Noel and Tamara Cunningham of Denver, Colorado.

Other libraries are now open in:

Atse Na-Od Primary and Secondary Public School, a gift from Books for Life International of Wichita, Kansas.

Dejach Belay Zeleke No. 1 Elementary and Secondary Public School, a gift made in Memory of Yemegnushal Haile by Behailu Mekbib of San Francisco, CA.

Agazian No. 2 Elementary Public School , a gift from Lily, Ramah & Matthan Lakew of CA, in fond memory of Dr. Dawit Fassil.

Ethiopia Andenet Elementary and Junior Secondary Public School, a gift from the Meredith Family of San Francisco, California.

At least five more libraries are due this fall.

When in Addis, please visit our libraries!

Thanks to all of our library sponsors for these wonderful gifts.

Traveling to Ethiopia? Join the TAKE ONE BOOK Campaign

Take One Book Literacy Campaign for Ethiopia

One book can change a life. That is what Ethiopia Reads founder Yohannes Gebregiorgis discovered at 19 years of age when he held his first book. Now you have the opportunity to change a life through Ethiopia Reads’ “TAKE ONE BOOK” campaign. In recognition of the Millenium celebration in Ethiopia this year we are committed to donating at least 2,000 books to children in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia Reads, founded in 2003, works to improve literacy and create a culture of reading in Ethiopia. We do this by planting libraries and publishing books in local languages as well as offering continuing education programs to help educators in Ethiopia nurture a love of reading.

Since Ethiopia Reads opened Ethiopia’s first free children’s library in 2003, thousands of children have experienced the joy of reading. The library received 60,000 visits to the library in 2006. Ethiopia Reads sees first hand the difference that one library, ONE BOOK, and one story can make in the life of a child.

If you or someone you know is traveling to Ethiopia during 2007, Ethiopia Reads challenges you to TAKE ONE BOOK with you, because we believe that education is hope and books can change lives. Books can be dropped off at the Shola Children’s Library in Addis Ababa. Shola is located in Beklo-Bet, behind the Dashen Bank off of Debre Zeit road.

If you are not traveling this year but want to make a difference in Ethiopia, we are collecting books in Washington, DC to send over with other travellers. Books can be dropped at Zethiopia’s office at 11th and U Street, NW.

For more information on the TAKE ONE BOOK campaign, please contact Catie Dupont at or Katie Douglas at


Suggested book list:

1. Any type of non-fiction books are appreciated.

2. Suggested fiction titles:

· Baby Baboon
· Crafty Chameleon
· Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, by Verna Aardema
· Bringing the Rain to Kaputi Plain
· Anansi Does the Impossible
· Kaldi and the Dancing Goats, the story of Ethiopian Coffee
· Anansi and the Talking Melon
· Anansi the Spider
· Babu’s Song
· Fatuma’s New Cloth
· My Rows and Piles of Coins
· Once Upon a Time
· What’s Cooking Jamela
· The Day Gogo Went to Vote
· Silly Mammo
· Aida
· Kings and Queens of West Africa
· Sundiata: The Lion King
· Seven Spools of Thread
· Journey to Jo’Burg
· Saba: Under the Hyena’s Foot
· Storytellers’ Beads
· Moonlight Bride
· The Dark Child: The Autobiography of an African Child
· The Other Side of Truth
· Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope
· Weep not Child
· Song of Lawino, Song of Ocol
· Purple Hibiscus
· So Long a Letter
· Nervous Conditions
· No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
· The Magic Gourd
· Bintou’s Braids
· My Great Grandmother’s Gourd
· Tutankhamen’s Gift
· No Turning Back
· Hatshepsut: His Majesty Herself
· Year of No Rain
· Many Stones
· The Ugly Goddess
· Beduin’s Gazelle
· Mother to Mother
· Midaq Alley
· Dreams of Trespass

*Visit for more children’s books related to life in Africa