I’m so proud to announce that GoneReading recently funded it’s first community library, located in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. It’s a small library, to be sure, but an important one for area residents who now enjoy free access to a wide selection of books and literature.
The Gebeta Community Children’s Library, as it’s known, was developed by Ethiopia Reads, an amazing non-profit that we’ve helped support since GoneReading launched in 2011. They approached us about the project in August, and I knew we could make it work. Ethiopia Reads already had the space lined up, conveniently located near their office in Addis Ababa. We wrote them a check and the library was outfitted and staffed in less than a month. Amazing!
A celebratory event was held at the library on September 25, when these photos (see right and below) were taken.
As the name and the photos imply, the focus for the Gebeta Community Children’s Library will be books and reading programs for children. Everyone benefits from reading, but children who embrace reading from an early age benefit greatly over the course of their lives. And as you can tell from these photos, the kids are thrilled to have access to their new library!
Most of the work we do at GoneReading revolves around the day to day aspect of marketing our unique collection of gifts for book lovers. But at the end of the day, GoneReading exists solely to fund wonderful projects like the Gebeta Community Library. And although we’ve been making donations since 2011, it was great to finally be able to underwrite our first library.
Please join me in congratulating the team at Ethiopia Reads, and wishing the Gebeta Library’s young members the most wonderful reading adventures!Bradley S. Wirz, Founder & CEO