Libraries for Liberia reaches Bong County with Martha Tubman Public School!
Libraries for Liberia has joined forces with the Martha Tubman Library in Salala, Bong County, Liberia. Originally funded and established by Liberian Education Trust (LET) and the two resident Peace Corps Volunteers, Kristin Caspar and Charlene Espinoza, the Martha Tubman Library is an exemplary library with a plan for success. Furnished with over 1,000 textbooks, periodicals, novels, and educational reference books, one computer, two OLPC laptops (donated by the One Laptop Per Child program), the library provides an incredible learning center for over well over 1,000 students from the 5 local schools in Salala.
Martha Tubman Library is also fortunate to have an incredible librarian, Bai Smallwood, who is the definition of a dedicated educator. Every morning he opens the library at 8am, organizing the materials and assisting the early bird students with assignments and projects. He spends his entire day working tirelessly with both Martha Tubman students and staff and students from the greater Salala District. He is pioneering the first internet program in Salala District by teaching students how to research, create email accounts, and navigate the web. In addition, he heads a library committee of 15 engaged students and hosts a variety of teacher workshops to further integrating lesson planning with the library. In a word, Bai is incredible.
This month, Bai and the Salala Peace Corps volunteers approached Libraries for Liberia to receive further educational materials to supplement the LET donations. They will be receiving textbooks, novels, children’s books, and English workbooks from the Bright Ideas Press, LLC. Thanks to the donation, Martha Tubman Library will be opening an elementary level (primarily 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade) reading room to encourage basic literacy amongst the growing youth. Part of the programming will include regular reading classes focused on phonetics and comprehension. Check out the pictures of Martha Tubman Library in Salala below!