JOY OF READING MOBILE
MIGRANT CHILDREN Since 2011, the Children’s Mobile Library has visited over 80 schools and reached 70,000 children in different parts of China. The Joy of Reading Mobile Library primarily serves internal migrant children in urban areas where their parents have come to work. In many cities, such children are unable to attend public schools. The poor private schools seldom have access to a library.
BOOKS & VOLUNTEERS The Mobile Library - a truck converted into a traveling library - has over 5,000 books and offers a variety of quality children’s literature. During the Mobile Library visits children can borrow, read and return books. Volunteers from KONE China branches and local NGOs organize activities related to reading, learning, physical exercise and play.
STRONG PARTNERS KONE China has a substantial role in Mobile Library's operation. Cooperation with the Hangzhou Children’s Library and Beijing Normal University has introduced new resources to the traveling library’s program. Current Finnish partners - Sanoma, Fatpipe and Marimekko - help in making the Mobile Library's visit even more enjoyable.
REPLICABILITY KCF is constantly searching for ways to replicate and spread the Mobile Library concept. The project also encourages and facilitates the donation of books to schools lacking adequate libraries.