Adopt a Library

You can provide children and their families with a place to gather, read and learn

In many of the smaller communities in Africa where CODE works, the local school or community library is the only place where children and adults can find books and other reading materials.

"A child goes to a shelf and picks out a book that looks interesting: a book that mirrors their own life and experience; a book in their own language; a book with engaging illustrations that speak to them. This may not seem like an extraordinary act. But until the arrival of CODE in many smaller communities in Africa, the students had never seen children’s books like this before. They had only seen textbooks that they had to share with several other students. And in some cases, there were no books at all."

   

Support a place to read

You can help make this a reality by adopting a library. Rally together your family, friends or colleagues and provide children and their families with a place to gather, read and learn.

Your contributions help to cover the cost of library furniture, shelves full of books and professional training for library staff. In 2013, CODE’s Adopt a Library Program is supporting the establishment of school and community libraries in Tanzania and reading rooms in Ethiopia. CODE has a new multi-year program to support literacy and learning in these countries. 

Your support will help to create a child-friendly library that will help students learn, explore and discover the world through a variety of high-quality books.

Adopting a library is easy – just choose an unadopted library and give us a call at 1-800-661-2633 ext. 245 or send us an email at donor.donateur@codecan.org. We’ll put your name on our site, and your friends, family or colleagues can support your library securely online. The more support you rally, the more the stack of books will grow.

Needs may vary from country to country. All donations to the Adopt a Library program will be used for the library identified. In the case of surplus, CODE will direct funds where the need is greatest.

   

    

"I come from far away to school. I love the reading room because it's the only place I can find lots of different books I like to read." — A 15 year old girl from Ethiopia
   

 

Still need convincing? Visit our FAQ section for more information

Need fundraising ideas? Read about how the Atlantic Province Library Association (APLA) raises funds for CODE libraries.

For Teachers and Librarians

Your class, school or youth group can adopt a library and learn more about a community in Africa. Organize a read-a-thon, a book sale, or an innovative fundraising activity. Launch a challenge to another class or another school. Start small, visit the CODE website and watch your library grow. You can help CODE and our local partners create a place for a student to do their homework, research new subjects and discover the world around them. Just call CODE at 1-800-661-2633 ext. 245 or email us at codehq@codecan.org. You can let us know if you would like your school listed on the CODE website. 

Libraries Available for Adoption

Kuy Community Library

Region: Amhara
The Kuy community library is located in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. It is located in an old house made of wood and mud that was donated by the local community. 

Dire Dawa 04 Community Library

Region: Dire Dawa
The Dire Dawa 04 community library is located in the region of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. It is located in an old house made of stones that was donated by the local community.

Dire Dawa 05 Community Library

Region: Dire Dawa
The Dire Dawa 05 community library is located in the region of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. It is located in an old house made of stones that was donated by the local community.

Janela Community Library

Region: Harar
The Janela community library is located in the Harari Region of Ethiopia. It is located in an old house made of stones that was donated by the local community.

Erer Woldia Community Library

Region: Harar
The Erer Woldia community library is located in the Harari Region of Ethiopia. It is located in an old house made of wood and mud that was donated by the local community.

Fitche Community Library

Region: Oromia
The Fitche community library is located in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. It is located in an old villa made of wood and mud.

Sheno Community Library

Region: Oromia
The Sheno community library is located in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. It is located in a house made of sheet metal that was donated by the local community.

Lera Community Library

Region: Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region
The Lera community library is located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region of Ethiopia. It is located in a new building made of cinder blocks.

Alemgebeya Community Library

Region: Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region
The Alemgebeya community library is located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region of Ethiopia. It is located in a new building made of cinder blocks.

Kawakoto Community Library

Region: Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region
The Kawakoto community library is in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region of Ethiopia. It is located in an old house made of concrete that was donated by the local community.

Selekleka Community Library

Region: Tigray
The Selekleka community library is located in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. It is located in an old house made of stone that was donated by the local community. 

Adi Daero Community Library

Region: Tigray
The Adi Daero community library is located in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. It is located in an old house made of stone that was donated by the local community. 

Adi Hageray Community Library

Region: Tigray
The Adi Hageray community library is located in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. It is located in an old house made of stone that was donated by the local community. 

Sanoubougou 1 School Library

Region: Sikasso
Sanoubougou 1 district is located in the town of Sikasso. The Sanoubougou 1 School has 1,844 students; 916 girls and 928 boys. There are 31 teachers; 23 women and 8 men. The size of the room is 7 x 9 metres.

Mancourani School Library

Region: Sikasso
Mancourani district is located in the urban center of Sikasso. The school of Mancourani has 794 students; 363 girls and 431 boys. There are 35 teachers; 16 women and 19 men. On top of these beneficiaries, 16,650 neighbourhood citizens will be able to access the library. The size of the room is 7 x 9 metres. 

Hembahemba School Library

Region: Dodoma – Kongwa District
The Hembahemba school library is located in the Kongwa District of Tanzania. The 18 teachers at the school teach 814 students. 

Songambele School Library

Region: Dodoma – Kongwa District
The Songambele school library is located in the Kongwa District of Tanzania. The 18 teachers at the school teach 1,138 students. 

Lenjulu School Library

Region: Dodoma – Kongwa District
The Lenjulu school library is located in the Kongwa District of Tanzania. The 9 teachers at the school teach 802 students.

Mkoka School Library

Region: Dodoma – Kongwa District
The Mkoka school library is located in the Kongwa District of Tanzania. The 20 teachers at the school teach 1,044 students. 

Mageseni School Library

Region: Dodoma – Kongwa District
The Mageseni school library is located in the Kongwa District of Tanzania. The 4 teachers at the school teach 216 students.