Little Library

Little Libraryසිඟිති පොත්ගුල

Little Library
සිඟිති පොත්ගුල



To improve the reading habits among the children


To teach library science


To educate children to create their own story books


To teach children best practices (i.e. team work, organizing, sharing)

How to start a Little Library?

Select a place and children

Distribute a print media guide and do a presentation to give more knowledge

Evaluate monthly based on their reports

Conduct workshops to develop children's reading, writing, and drawing skills

Quarterly monitoring and field visits

Conduct competitions among the libraries to select the best library

To raise the awareness of children on how start a library, How to maintain, how to collect books, how to prepare library cards, and categorization of books


The Little Library concept was first implemented among the winners of Detol Punchi Hapannu, a project done by CUP. The children were educated to start a new library on their own with in a given time period.  CUP was able to assess the progress of the libraries evaluating the monthly reports, along with observations made during field visits.
The objective of the project is to inculcate the habit of sharing among them and to gain knowledge by borrowing and reading the books from their own library. Out of five little libraries the Vishwa Pradeepa (Dambadeniya) library won the first place. The second and the third places won by the Sarana Bosath Lama Pothgula (Ragama) and the Tikiri Pothgula (Rathnapura), respectively.
The best three dummy libraries were selected by the professional librarians following the below criteria.
    Leadership and team work
    Resource utilization
    Acquired knowledge/experience
    Presentation skills

Expected outcome


Improve creativity

Sharing resources

Capacity building

Develop reading as a habit

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