Invest in a child today!
Every single contribution matters and makes a difference. We rely entirely on private donors, foundations and sponsors to cover our costs for books, librarian staffing, rent and other operating costs.
Here’s what your donation will do
Buy Books For Kids: Your donation buys quality Arabic children’s books that will go on our library shelves to be treasured and enjoyed by hundreds of children.
Everything else … for today and for tomorrow:
- Today: Larger donations help us cover our current operation expenses (salaries, rent, utilities, and supplies).
- Tomorrow: We urgently need to expand our library space and hours of operation. Your generous donation will help us reach our goal of expanding the library space and services it offers the children of the Fez Medina.
Thank you for helping to make this happen!
Help us welcome every child who wants to read
Every day we must turn away dozens of kids who want to come in to the library.
Right now we are only able to accommodate twelve children at a time into the library due to our tiny space and with our limited librarian staff hours we can welcome about 400 children a month. We need a bigger space and expanded hours of operation.
We’ve developed a simple system to manage attendance: the children come to the library the day before to get a ticket which they present for admittance at their reserved entry time on the following day. Every day kids line up outside the library to get their ticket for the next day. Up to 12 kids can come in on the hour. At the end of the hour they must leave to make room for the next group of children. With this limited space, many children are turned away every day. We simply don’t have enough room for all the kids who want to come in.
Our goal is to find bigger space and increase our librarian’s hours so that we can welcome 100 children a day.
Will you please help us fund a larger space and more hours for our librarians so that we can open our doors to any child who is eager to read?
How we use your donation
We’re committed to transparency. 100% of your donation goes to the purchase of books and our operating expenses. Look at how far even a small donation will go towards helping us keep the library thriving:
- Librarian Salaries: 4500 DH (equivalent $450/€430 per month)
- Monthly rent: 1600 DH (equivalent $160/€153 per month)
- Utilities: 250 DH (equivalent $25/€24 per month)
Your donation REALLY matters! Thank you for giving!
Planning a visit to Fez?
Are you or someone you know coming to Fez? How about packing an Arabic children’s book or two into your suitcase to give as a gift to the Medina Children’s Library?
The library is in the heart of the Medina and during your visit to Fez you’ll probably be walking right by it! Come visit us and bring us your gift in person. See the library and meet librarian and the kids and enjoy a glimpse into every day life in the Medina. A great way to add a rich and unique experience of the people and culture of Morocco to your time in Fez.
In the Fez Medina but a visit to the library doesn’t fit your itinerary? No problem! You can drop off your book donation at any of the following locations (Please be sure to include your name, contact information and a brief note about how you heard about us.)
- Riad Laaroussa: www.riad-laaroussa.com
- Ruined Garden: www.ruinedgarden.com
- Café Clock: www.cafeclock.com
- Dar Roumana: www.darroumana.com
- Arabic Language Institute in Fez: www.alif-fes.com
Shipping books to Fez
Federal Express and UPS are generally reliable options for shipping items to Morocco from the United States and Europe. However, shipping books can be expensive.
We’d like to gently encourage you to consider making a donation towards books and let us buy them on your behalf. We are able to make larger orders of books at discounted prices and shipping rates with our select publishers. So we can do more with your book donation and get more books into the hands of the children.
Your desire to support the library is truly appreciated.