Readers, I seek your assistance — the first and only time Champa or I will make such a request while we are serving in Moldova as Peace Corps Volunteers.
The library where I work in Ialoveni has launched a project to create a “Story Time at the Library” program for toddlers along with educational programs for adults. They’ve already raised nearly $1,000 locally — a lot of money here — but need $2,303.94 more to create a kid-friendly room with small chairs, educational toys, art materials and the like.
I’ve worked with the library and Peace Corps to launch a fundraiser through the Let Girls Learn program championed by Michelle Obama.
As you can see in the infographic, the librarians did a survey showing overwhelming community support for the idea, which is similar to the story times held at many public libraries in the States. Their target audience is kids a bit younger than those you see in the photo above of a school group recently visiting the library.
The project is just the latest example of how Ialoveni’s library is trying to redefine itself for the modern world and become a vital community resource. During the past year alone it has expanded beyond books to create programs for video animation, advocacy, computer coding and robotics, together with new services for special-needs users.
You can learn more about the project and donate here. Your contribution is tax-deductible in the United States. You can donate in honor or memory of someone and, if you choose, share your contact information with me. You can also send words of encouragement to the project team. I will be administering the funds.
If you’ve enjoyed reading this blog, support what the Peace Corps is doing or just want to support a great cause for the holidays, I hope you will make a donation. On behalf of the mothers, children, families and librarians of Ialoveni: Mulțumesc (Thank you)!
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I tried to make a small donation (I love libraries) but I got an error message:
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Perhaps there is a problem with the link? I didn’t get a bounce to paypal or anything.
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Hello Wife of Bath and thank you for your generosity, which is exceeded only by your speed. Wow. I just called the grant manager at Peace Corps Moldova about the problem you encountered, and then followed up by cut-and-pasting the error message you shared. He is sending it immediately to the computer folks in Washington, to get the situation addressed ASAP. With apologies for this happening, I ask that you try again in a day or two … with my renewed thanks. If anyone reading this tries to make a donation, please let me know what happens, good or bad, either with a comment here or a private message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!