The Medina Children's Library is a reading room designed as a space for children to feel comfortable and explore. The thick carpet and pillows invite kids to sprawl and read. Their artwork covers the walls.
We have around 1200 books in Arabic, French and English, most of which have been donated. However only 25% of our books are in Arabic. Our goal is to have most of our books in Arabic. the first language of our community and our kids.
We can accommodate twelve children at a time in the library due to our tiny space. But even in our little library, we still receive an average of 1000 visits each month.
We partner with local schools and teachers. Many schools in the medina don't have libraries or story books for their students. The Medina Children's Library opens its doors to visiting classrooms every week!
Samia Bachroui, works full-time as our main librarian. You will find her most days running things and keeping the library a fun and creative place for the children. She has a BA in English Literature and a Masters degree in Communication. She lives in the neighborhood.
Samia says, "When I was a child growing up here in the medina there was no opportunity to read books. The Medina Children's Library is very important to the local community. The children love the Library and the books we have.”
“In my time working here I have seen the improvement in the children”. Many visit regularly and Samia says, "their level of expression is better now. The parents here trust us. When they send their child to the Library, they feel they are in a safe world."
I love the children and I love the Library. It is my passion to work here and help the children and the Library.
While books are the focus of our activities, we also encourage children to be creative in other related ways. Local and visiting artists occasionally offer workshops, in which the children participate.
Reader of the Month
"When I come to the library, I feel like I am entering a palace of beautiful stories. The library has made things better because we learn more how to read and write. When I am reading a book, I am happy because I feel like I am part of the story." ~ Lamiae