The first word revealed of the Quran was "Read." We're honoring our faith's values by ensuring all kids have the opportunity to read and expand their horizons.
Two-thirds of low-income families have no children's books at all in their homes. These kids often don't have access to any reading material once school is out for the summer, causing a cumulative, significant reading achievement gap that compromises students' learning potential and ability to succeed. And it robs them of the joy of reading!
One way to help remedy this disparity is to provide kids with easy access to books year-round. This where Little Free Libraries come in. These little wooden boxes on stands serve as neighborhood book exchanges, where kids can borrow and return books at any time.
Muslim Space is committed to building, installing and supplying books for 4 Little Free Libraries in underserved areas of Austin.
The build will take place at Austin Tinkering School on Sunday, April 15 from (9am to 3pm) inshallah. Each library can accommodate a group of 2 adult and 3 child builders.
Each group will be responsible for researching and identifying a location for their library in an underserved area with high foot traffic, as well as finding a local steward who can help take care of the library.
The group will also be responsible for collecting books to put in the library and to have on standby when it needs to be replenished. Holding book drives with neighbors and friends, scouring the deals at public libraries' book sales and bookstore clearance sections are some ways to gather lots of books (for adults, too!).
This volunteer project is a longer-term commitment than the usual drop-in kind, but we believe it will provide a deeply meaningful experience for those who participate.
And if you can't commit to the research and building portion but still want to partake? Anyone is welcome to collect and contribute books!