Camp location:   Al-Itihhad Municipality, 25 miles North West of Jerusalem


Population:   11,000


Religion:   100% Muslim


Library location:   Community center


Established:   2010


Children served:   2000


Partner Organization:   Life 

Organization


It’s a children’s library… but could we have adult books, too? The library in the Deir Amar refugee camp is for children, ages 3-14. The director and librarian assumed this would be the best age group to target, thinking the older children and adults wouldn’t have too much time or interest. However, they are finding that many high school and college-age students come to the library in search of books for their reading level. They would like to open the library to a broader group of people, so have asked for the following:   Books for an older reading level

In partnership with “Life Organization”, the library was launched in 2010. Since it has been opened, the small room in the community center is full every day, with children, and even a few adults, reading and participating in programs. 

You have to go home, now! When the books were delivered to the library, many children volunteered to help unpack the boxes and organize the books. The only problem was that they found the books so interesting that after a few minutes, they were all sitting down reading! The librarian couldn’t get the kids to put their books down to help, so she sent them home until the library was ready. Since it has been opened, the small room in the community center is full every day, with children, and even a few adults, reading and participating in programs.

Dier Amar Refugee Camp Library

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