Global research suggests that merely providing a library-like atmosphere can encourage children to spend more time reading.
More than 50% of the children in Grade 5 in India cannot read at Grade 2 level 1. Economic priorities mean children from low-income environments have little access to books at home. The library then becomes their sole resource for reading material.
Guided by the scarcity of infrastructure and resources that most government and affordable private schools face, we designed the Library-in-a-Classroom (LIC). Quite literally, a library that hangs on the wall, the LIC contains dozens of richly illustrated children’s books. With the LIC, the child enjoys invaluable physical proximity to printed books, which in turn encourages her to read and develop emotionally and intellectually.
Instead of by age, our books are categorized according to Reading Levels 1 – 4, ranging from Emergent to Fluent. These are designed to help parents, educators, and librarians select the right books and help children gauge their own level of fluency in a non-judgmental manner.
The LIC comes with 100 carefully selected books that are laminated to ensure durability. The books, languages, and reading levels are customized to the classroom and help teachers in multigrade classrooms. The unique format of the LIC invites children to freely interact with storybooks that are attractively displayed on the wall instead of locked up in a cupboard. This further induces shared reading and learning.
House No. 621, Second Floor, 5th Main
OMBR Layout, Bhuvanagiri Main Road
Lakshmamma Layout, Banaswadi
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 043