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November Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for November is this title from the Arabic Club for Kids:

 

Arabic Club for Kids book

 

The Arabic Club for Kids is a bright, fun series of books for young learners of Arabic, designed to nurture confidence and motivation in reading.

They have been created by experienced Arabic teachers and authors and titles are grouped into colour bands for different reading abilities.

These books cover a wide range of stories and topics in both fiction and non-fiction and are brought to life by bright eye-catching photos and illustrations. They are designed for guided reading but can also be used for class story time or to read independently.

 

Arabic Club for Kids book

 

Oxford University Press have donated huge numbers of books in this series and copies have been sent to our partners working with displaced people in Greece, Lebanon and Jordan as well as our partners in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

For children uprooted from their homes through conflict and living in new, unfamiliar countries, reading books in their own language can provide a sanctuary and the opportunity to relax in otherwise stressful situations. Books for young readers like this will also enable children to develop their reading skills, ensuring their education continues in spite of being far from home.

 

Michael packing millionth book

MEDIA RELEASE: Millionth publisher-donated book to begin journey to refugees in Jordan

Book Aid International is pleased to announce that today, Thursday 25th October, the one-millionth book of 2018 will be leaving its South London warehouse bound for Jordan. The shipment contains a total of 2,591 books that will be used by international NGO, MercyCorps in Jordan to create a new public library in the Za’atari Refugee Camp and to enrich six local community libraries which will benefit Syrian refugees as well as vulnerable Jordanians.

The millionth book is a sought-after medical text donated by Elsevier, a leading global science and information analytics business specialising in science and health. Elsevier’s CEO, Ron Mobed, commented on his business’s support for Book Aid International saying:

“Where bandwidth and infrastructure are a challenge, hard copy books remain essential to treat patients, alleviate pain and support health literacy. For over a decade, Elsevier has been proud to partner with Book Aid International through book donations and Elsevier Foundation grants. We’re so pleased to have donated the millionth book sent this year, and to know that it will benefit displaced people.”

The shipment also includes Arabic phonics readers donated by Oxford University Press to as well as brand new books for readers of all ages donated by a range of publishers.

Sending 2018’s one-millionth book to support refugees living in Jordan is part of Book Aid International’s efforts to provide much-needed books to people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes. This new area of work, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, has seen the charity reach refugees and displaced people around the world – from families who will spend years waiting for resettlement in Africa to those in transit through southern Europe to Syrians sheltering in neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan.

The millionth book sent this year is Maternal Child Nursing Care, 5th Edition. Written by the foremost experts in maternity and pediatric nursing the book offers accurate, practical information readers will need to succeed in the classroom and the clinical setting. This new edition offers numerous content, plus hundreds of illustrations, alert boxes, and tables that clarify key content. By helping to educate the next generation of healthcare providers, the book will contribute to the care of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

The shipment also contains leisure reading and children’s books which will help refugees cope with life inside Za’atari Refugee Camp, and refugees have expressed their excitement at the prospect of a new library: “Due to the hard living conditions and lack of resources inside refugee camps, we feel lost and hopeless. This library would provide us with the opportunity to reconnect with the outside world and feed our souls with knowledge again,” said Ajwad, a 34-year-old Syrian refugee at the Za’atari Refugee Camp.

Book Aid International is incredibly pleased to be sending the millionth book of 2018 in October and the charity aims to send 1.2 million books by the end of the year. Book Aid International’s Chief Executive, Alison Tweed, thanked everyone who made this milestone possible.

“We can only send books to the people who need them because of the generosity of so many people – the volunteers who give their time to pack the books we send, the publishers who donate the hugely valuable books we provide and our many donors. I would like to extend a particularly warm thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have funded the expansion of our work providing life-changing books to refugees.”

The charity looks forward to continuing to expand its work, and it hopes to send 1.5 million books annually by 2020. To be a part of sending the next book, or find out more, visit www.bookaid.org.

ENDS

Notes for editors

For further information and comment please Jenny Hayes, Communications Executive at Book Aid International.

e: jenny.hayes@bookaid.org

t: 020 7326 5801

About Book Aid International

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. Every year, the charity sends around one million brand new books to people around the world who would otherwise have very few opportunities to access books and read.

Book Aid International works with an extensive network of libraries, schools, hospitals, NGOs and other partners to ensure that the books it sends reach as many people as possible. The charity estimates that the books it provides reach 24 million people every year. www.bookaid.org

About People’s Postcode Lottery

  • People’s Postcode Lottery is a lottery operator in which people play with their postcodes to win cash prizes, while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally
  • A minimum of 32% from each subscription goes directly to charities, and players have raised £350 million for good causes so far
  • For £10 a month, players can win prizes every day: postcodelottery.co.uk/prizes
  • Maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw revenue to a maximum of £400,000
  • Players can sign up by Direct Debit, credit card or PayPal online at www.postcodelottery.co.uk, or by calling 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5
  • Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under licences number: 000-000829-N-102511-014 and Number: 000-000829-R-102513-013. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4RR
  • People’s Postcode Lottery manages lotteries promoted by different charities. For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit postcodelottery.co.uk/society
Book truck Mosul

MEDIA RELEASE: New books arrive in Mosul to help rebuild library collection destroyed by IS

Book Aid International is delighted to announce that today over 7,000 brand new books donated by UK publishers arrived in Mosul, Iraq. Mosul fell to IS in June 2014 and remained under IS control for three years. In 2015, IS fighters deliberately destroyed the library of the University of Mosul, burning thousands of books on philosophy, law, science and poetry in what UNESCO called “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history.”

The books which arrived from Book Aid International include 3,791 carefully selected books to help the University of Mosul rebuild its library collection and get students back to learning. The initial request for books came just over one year ago through a supporter of a campaign called Mosul Book Bridge started by a lecturer at the university, Dr. Alaa Hamdon, to replace all the lost books. Moved by the university’s plight, the charity began exploring a way of sending books immediately after receiving that request.

The president of Mosul university Dr. Obay Al-Dewachie and the director of the library of Mosul university Mr . Mohammed Jassim yesterday received the shipment officially inside the campus from Dr. Alaa Hamdon.  Dr. Alaa Hamdon from the University of Mosul spoke of what today’s arrival of books means to him: “I am looking so forward to seeing these books reaching the library shelves. My hope and my dream is those books being used by students and readers.”

Alongside the books for the university are over 3,452 brand new children’s books which War Child UK will use in its work with children. These include story books in English, English readers to support young learners as they learn English and a donation of 820 Arabic readers from Oxford University Press. War Child UK has supported children in Iraq since 2003 most recently responding to the one million people who were displaced since the military offensive against ISIS began. War Child UK will rehabilitate 12 schools which have been destroyed by fighting in the west of Mosul and training teachers to deliver education in emergencies and psychosocial support.

Jess Oddy, Education in Emergencies Advisor for War Child UK says: “For years, the children that we work with in Mosul have had little or no access to education – these books will be vital in supporting teaching and learning and helping children gain a strong foundation in literacy. They will also provide exciting opportunities to reengage communities with education – the books can be used to set up reading circles, mobile libraries and storytelling, which can be an incredibly powerful therapeutic tool to process and reflect upon their experiences and stimulate hope for the future.”

Oxford University Press’ Rachel Goode, Group Communications Director, also commented on what it is like to know that the company’s donated books have reached some of the world’s most vulnerable children:  “We’ve supported Book Aid International for many years now and are always impressed by how tirelessly they work to help people access books and educational resources, even in some of the hardest to reach parts of the world. This is a truly fantastic and worthwhile project and we’re so pleased that we have been able to support it. We’re particularly proud to have enabled Book Aid International to provide Arabic books for the first time – something I hope we can support again in the future. I look forward to continuing our partnership so that we can give even more people across the world the chance to read and learn.”

Mosul is the most challenging location to which Book Aid International has ever sent books. The project encountered many false starts, logistical challenges and frustrations in trying to find a safe way to transport the books which were eventually sent over land via Turkey. The charity’s entire team is delighted to see the books arrive today.

Book Aid International Chief Executive Alison Tweed expressed the charity’s thanks to all those who made this shipment possible: “There are few places in the world today where the need for books is greater than in Mosul and we intend to provide more books in the future to help Mosul rebuild its library collection. I would like to thank everyone who made this shipment possible, particularly all the generous publishers who donated these much-needed books, the individuals who funded the cost of transportation, the volunteers who packed the books and our great Operations team who found a way to get the books to Mosul.”

To find out more about how you could help get more books to Mosul and other places in real need, please contact Hannah Watson on Hannah.watson@bookaid.org or by calling 020 7733 3577.

Both War Child and Book Aid International receive funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery and would like to thank the players for supporting their collaboration.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

For further information and comment please contact Emma Taylor, Head of Communications at Book Aid International.

e: emma.taylor@bookaid.org

t: 020 7326 5800

About Book Aid International

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. Every year, the charity aims to ship around one million brand new books to thousands of communities around the world where people have very few opportunities to access books and read.

Book Aid International works with an extensive network of libraries, schools, hospitals, NGOs and other partners to ensure that the books it sends reach as many people as possible. The charity estimates that the books it provides reach 24 million people every year.

In addition, Book Aid International runs projects which build the capacity of librarians and teachers to support people and communities.

Visit www.bookaid.org for more information or join the conversation on twitter: @book_aid.

People’s Postcode Lottery

  • People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes, while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally
  • A minimum of 31% goes directly to charities and players have raised £237.8 million for good causes across the country
  • £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance with prizes every day. For further prize information visit: postcodelottery.co.uk/prizes
  • Maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw revenue to a maximum of £400,000
  • Players can sign up by Direct Debit, credit card or PayPal online at www.postcodelottery.co.uk, or by calling 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5
  • Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under licences number: 000-000829-N-102511-014 and Number: 000-000829-R-102513-013. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4RR

People’s Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities. For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/society

 

Books

September Book of the Month

It’s Book of the Month time! This month’s title is:

 

Tanzania
Tanzania: The Path to Prosperity published by Oxford University Press, 2017 and donated by the National Library of Wales

 

This latest volume in Oxford University Press’ Africa: Policies for Prosperity series contains a wealth of information on the economic prospects of Tanzania.

It looks at the economic options facing policy makers. Topics range from potential hydrocarbon resources and developing the country’s manufacturing industries, to ways of transforming agriculture, increasing public investment and employment.

The chapter focusing on employment discusses, among other issues, the vital role of basic education in preparing people for work:

While formal education is not the only way to acquire skills for a particular job, the acquisition of basic numeracy and literacy skills is imperative for a country that hopes to reap the demographic dividend of a largely young population.

Books play an important role in acquiring and improving literacy skills yet for many public, school and university libraries, book purchasing budgets and the availability of books locally are limited. We are therefore proud to work with our partners in Tanzania, including the Tanzania Library Services Board (TLSB), to contribute to the country’s development by providing brand new books to support education, reading and lifelong learning.

TLSB ensures the books we send reach children in their schools, students studying at university and public library users of every age and walk of life.

It is crucial for higher education students to have access to new and up-to-date books like Tanzania: The Path to Prosperity to ensure their studies and research remain current. This book has been sent to TLSB who will donate it to one of Tanzania’s universities or public libraries where it will provide students with access to information they would not otherwise be able to access:

The donation is really important since it helps us to cover the gap of some missing references useful for the university community.

– State University of Zanzibar, commenting on books supplied by Book Aid International in 2016.

 

Books

January Book of the Month

Our first Book of the Month for 2017 is a delightful children’s picture book by Richard Byrne:

We're in the Wrong Book!
We’re in the Wrong Book! by Richard Byrne

 

The book starts as a book about Ben and Bella jumping along a pavement. Then Bella’s dog joins in and “accidentally bumps them both off the page”. They find themselves in a completely different story and Ben and Bella have to find their way back to their own book through the pages of others.

 

We're in the Wrong Book! insides

 

Along the way they encounter counting books and comic books and meet a librarian who isn’t very good at her job. When they describe their book as having “tall buildings and an enormous dog”, she sends them to the history section and into a book about ancient Egyptian pyramids.

 

We're in the Wrong Book! insides

 

Eventually, via puzzle books, fairytales and a book of instructions that teaches them how to make a paper boat, they float and fly into a tunnel that leads them back to the pavement on the pages of their own book.

 

We're in the Wrong Book! insides

 

This funny story is a great way to introduce children to the different types of books they can find in a library. In addition, its subversion of the usual rules of how a book ‘works’ is a wonderful way to spark children’s imaginations, especially when it comes to their own storytelling.

We’re in the Wrong Book! is being sent to our partner Sierra Leone Library Board to use as a school prize as part of their International Literacy Day celebrations. We hope the winners enjoy this book and it gives readers the desire to explore their school libraries further – and come up with some equally imaginative stories of their own!