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With schools still closed, a library in Alimosho LGA is reaching out to more children

iRead Mobile library has been busy throughout the Covid19 pandemic hosting multiple virtual educational programmes for kids locked down at home. Over the past weeks, children who signed up for its activities have benefitted from tutorials and access to online library resources.

With schools resumption dates still uncertain, the library – based in Oko-Filling area (Isheri-LASU Road) of Lagos—has announced that it wants to impact more children in Alimosho Local Government Area. To do this, its staff and volunteers will visit homes in the neighbourhood so that parents can obtain library cards and borrow books for their children. Worksheets, stationery and other supporting resources will also be available.

Bridging the gap

“As public libraries close their buildings to the public, iRead bridges the gap by continually serving in innovative ways,” the school’s management says in a statement released on Friday 24 July. “Our survey shows that despite these interventions, several children do not have access to technological gadgets nor data to enjoy any virtual program, free or paid.”

Between April and July, according to the statement, the library recorded more than 2,300 enrolments into its Virtual School programme, with classes in English, Mathematics, Science, History, SDGs, Crafts, Spellings and Leadership.

In the same period, iRead granted students access to its fully equipped e-library (courtesy of Tumble books), putting unlimited eBooks and streaming media at their fingertips. 

Other activities managed by the library include: iRead Weekend Book Club (for busy parents who are able to provide support for their children during weekends); iRead Stories Aloud (a programme that adapts African-themed story books to be read aloud to children in English and Yoruba languages); and there is the iRead Book Day (When library officers distribute books to over 300 children who visit the library environment)

iRead Summer Camp

The library is adapting its usual annual in-person summer camp (for children ages 5-12) programme to an online event. Activities lined up for the camp include: reading, STEAM projects; crafts, constructions, virtual story times, language learning, leadership cues and more. Interested parents can make all enquirers to: 08023197033,/07068150282; or email info@iread.com.ng

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