Little Library - Singithi Pothgula

Created on 25 August 2010

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Objectives:

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
  • 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
  • Distribute a print media guide and do a presentation to give more knowledge
  • Evaluate monthly based on their reports
  • Quarterly monitoring and field visits
  • Conduct workshops to develop children's reading, writing, and drawing skills
  • Conduct competitions among the libraries to select the best library
     

Achievements:

The Little Library concept was first implemented among the winners of Detol Punchi Hapannu, a project one 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.

a)  Creativity
b)  Organizing
c)  Leadership and team work
d)  Resource utilization
e)  Acquired knowledge/experience
f)  Presentation skills

Expected outcome

  • Teamwork
  • Improve creativity
  • Leadership
  • Sharing resources
  • Capacity building
  • Develop reading as a habit 

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The final event was successfully completed with the help of the local donors. The prize giving was held at the Masonic Temple - Kollupitiya during the afternoon of  17th February 2007  during the afternoon of.The second little library competition was held with children at the Maradana Sri Bauddharamaya in the month of June 2007. The given period was three months. The participants were selected from the project done by CUP, capacity building program.

Libraries Already Established

CUP 36th Little Library at Pandarweli, Silawathurei Community Centre

31-05-2015

CUP 36th Little Library at Pandarweli, Silawathurei Community Centre

    Children’s Upliftment Programme (CUP) opened its 36th Little Library at Silawathurei Pandaraweli Village, in the district of Mannar benefitting close to 350 students in the area. CUP is proud to announce that it has covered all the districts with at least with one Little Library in each district.

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CUP 35th Little Library at Iranapalei School, Mulathivu

31-05-2015

CUP 35th Little Library at Iranapalei School, Mulathivu

    Children’s Upliftment Programme (CUP) opened its 35th Little Library at Iranapallei Tamil Mixed Government School. Approximately 250 students in the school will have access to reading.

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Little Library at Ampalawan Pokkanei School, Mullaitivu

26-05-2015

Little Library at Ampalawan Pokkanei School, Mullaitivu

    Children’s Upliftment Programme (CUP) opened its 34th Little Library at Ampalavan Pokkanei Tamil Mixed Government School. Almost 300 children will benefit from this reading facility.

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Little Library at Kn/Masar G.T.M.S, Pallai, Kilinochchi

09-04-2015

Little Library at Kn/Masar G.T.M.S, Pallai, Kilinochchi

    Children’s Upliftment Programme (CUP) opened its 33rd Little Library at Kn/Masar Government Tamil Mixed School benefitting close to 200 students in the school.

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32nd Little Library at Kaddaikadu R.T.C.M. School, Jaffna

28-02-2015

32nd Little Library at Kaddaikadu R.T.C.M. School, Jaffna

    Children’s Upliftment Programme (CUP) opened its 32nd Little Library at Kaddaikadu R.T.C.M. School, Jaffna benefitting close to 250 students in the school on 28th February 2015.

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31st Little Library at Ikiriyagoda - Badulla

06-09-2014

31st Little Library at Ikiriyagoda - Badulla

    Children’s Upliftment Programme (CUP) opened its 31st Little Library at Ikiriyagoda KanishtaVidyalaya, Keselpotha, Mapakadawewa, Badulla, benefitting close to 200 students in the school 06th September 2014.

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CUP 30th Little Library

28-06-2014

CUP 30th Little Library

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CUP 29th Little Library

01-06-2014

CUP 29th Little Library

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Little Library for Bakmitiyawa Children

31-05-2014

Little Library for Bakmitiyawa Children

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CUP Opens the 27th Little Library

27-02-2014

CUP Opens the 27th Little Library

The 27th Little Library was inaugurated by CUP on 27 February 2014 at Hinnarandeniya, Sri Pragnawansa Damma School of Sri Bodhirajaramaya in the District of Kandy.

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CUP 26th Little Library

22-12-2013

CUP 26th Little Library

    The 26th Little Library was inaugurated by CUP on 22 December 2013 with the children of “Samanala Lama Samajaya” at Polpitiya, Ginigathhena in the Nuwara-Eliya District.

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CUP - 25th Little Library

09-11-2013

CUP - 25th Little Library

    The children of Siddhartha Children’s Society, Thalwita, Seeradunna, Kurunegala were able to start a Little Library on their own with the support of CUP on 9th November 2013.

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CUP 24th Little Library

07-04-2013

CUP 24th Little Library

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CUP 23rd Little Library

06-04-2013

CUP 23rd Little Library

    CUP successfully opened their 23rd Little Library with the students of Lak Aruna Foundation at Hingurukaduwa, Monaragala on 06th April 2013.The concept of Little Library is to enhance the ability of reading among children and also to encourage them towards creative writing.The member students of the library organized the opening ceremony and they were able to perform their talents to the gathering.Mr. Dinesh Perera, Mr. Sabeer Iqbal and Mr. Prasad Galhena are the key sponsors of this project.   Mr. Chinthaka de Silva and Mr.Ranjith Dissanayake also made donations, in kind to make this Little Library a success.  Mr.Roshan Gunawardena sponsored travel arrangements for CUP officials.

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CUP 22nd Little Library to Mangalagama

16-03-2013

CUP 22nd Little Library to Mangalagama

    CUP 22nd Little Library to Mangalagama The 22nd CUP Little Library was ceremoniously opened on 16th March 2013 at the community centre in Mangalagama, Batticaloa in the presence of a large gathering of happy & enthusiastic Children and their proud Parents & Well-wishers. 

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CUP Little Library to Polonnaruwa

10-03-2013

CUP Little Library to Polonnaruwa

The CUP 21st  Little Library was established at Sri Sanga Bodhi Sunday School, Singhe Udagama, Polonnaruwa. The aim of this project is to improve the reading habits and the creative writing among children. About 112 children of Sri Sanga Bodhi Sunday School will become the reader members who would immensely benefit from this Little Library.

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CUP Opens its Twentieth Little Library

16-02-2013

CUP Opens its Twentieth Little Library

The twentieth Little Library was opened at Abbotsleigh Estate, Hatton on 16 February 2013.  This event has been made possible with the support of Dr. & Mrs. Errol Baptist, Mr. Roshan Gunawardana, Mr. Sabeer Eqbal, Mrs. Rani Weerasooriya, Mr.Ranjith Dissanayake, Mr. Chinthaka de Silva and family and Miss.Pramada Nilanthi.

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The 19th Little Library at Anamaduwa

24-11-2012

The 19th Little Library at Anamaduwa

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The 18th Little Library - A historic Milestone

24-08-2012

The 18th Little Library - A historic Milestone

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CUP 17 Little Library at Kuliyapitiya

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CUP 17 Little Library at Kuliyapitiya

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CUP 16th Little Library at Handapangoda

25-03-2012

CUP 16th Little Library at Handapangoda

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04-03-2012

CUPs 15th Little Library in Nikawehera – Matale District

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CUP Opens 14th Little Library

01-02-2012

CUP Opens 14th Little Library

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CUP Opens the 13th Little Library

29-01-2012

CUP Opens the 13th Little Library

The 13th Little Library was inaugurated by CUP on 28 January 2012 at the Panagala Purana Maha Viharaya in the Galle District.  The main sponsor of the event was WNS Cares Foundation. This project was co-ordinated by the Rotary Club - Colombo East. Dilhara Karunanayake, Harindranath Chandrasiri, and Charitha Dissanayake also donated books to the Library. Roshan Gunawardana extended his kind support to make the event a success.

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Another Little Library in Kandy

20-11-2011

Another Little Library in Kandy

The concept of "Singithi Pothgula" - Little Library was introduced by CUP, in order to improve the reading habits and the creative writing among children. The 12th Little Library embarked upon by CUP was established at Sri Indrasara Sunday School in Walvasagoda, Gampola on 20th of November 2011. The children of Sri Indrasara Lama Samajaya will become the reader members who would immensely benefit from this little library.

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The 11th Little Library Project Embarked by CUP

23-10-2011

The 11th Little Library Project Embarked by CUP

The concept of "Singithi Pothgula" - Little Library was introduced by CUP, in order to improve the reading habit and the creative writing skill among children. The 11th Little Library under this project embarked by CUP was established at Ranwala, Godakawela in the Rathnapura District. The children of ‘Dimuth Lama Samajaya’ are the members who would immensely benefit from this little library.

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Another Little Library

24-09-2011

Another Little Library

Commemorating the world children's day The CUP 10th Little Library was established at Sri Bodhirukkaramaya, Julampitiya, Weeraketiya. The aim of this project is to improve the reading habits and the creative writing among children. The children of Sri Damsara Sunday School will become the reader members who would immensely benefit from this Little Library.

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CUP successfully opened their 9th Little Library at Anuradhapura

18-06-2011

CUP successfully opened their 9th Little Library at Anuradhapura

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Another Little Library Embarked by CUP

07-05-2011

Another Little Library Embarked by CUP

The concept of "Singithi Pothgula" - Little Library was introduced by CUP, in order to improve the reading habits and the creative writing among children. The 8th Little Library project embarked upon by CUP was established at Sri Sugatha Sunday School at Kandewatta, Kegalle. The children of Sri Sugatha Sunday School will become the reader members who would immensely benefit from this little library.

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A Donation of Dictionaries for the Little Libraries

22-10-2010

A Donation of Dictionaries for the Little Libraries

  CUP has ventured into the concept of Little Library with the intention of providing more opportunities to children in reading and developing the creative skills. Up to now eight such Little Libraries have been established by CUP, six in the District of Colombo and one each in Kalutara and Gampaha.

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The 7th Little Library Project Embarked by CUP

22-10-2010

The 7th Little Library Project Embarked by CUP

          The concept of "Singithi Pothgula" - Little Library was introduced by CUP, in order to improve the reading habits and the creative writing among children. The 7th Little Library project embarked upon by CUP was established at Sri Sudarmarama Darmaraja Temple at Dehiwala. The children of Gamini Matha Lama Samajaya will become the reader members who would immensely benefit from this little library.

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CUP - pioneers help to needy children

27-03-2010

CUP - pioneers help to needy children

               Fulfilling a request made by the principal of Udakekulawala Maha Vidyalaya, Bujjamuwa, a stock of books for the school library and sports items were donated by CUP on 27th March 2009. To make the day more eventful CUP had also organized an art competition to assess the talents of children, and from among the competitors nine were adjudged on the same day as outstanding winners by Mr. S.A.Dissanayake , a renowned children’s artist invited by CUP to evaluate and select the winners.

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Singithi Pothgula at Methsevana (State House of Detention)

01-08-2009

Singithi Pothgula at Methsevana (State House of Detention)

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A Periodic Appraisal at Nambapana Little Library

07-06-2009

A Periodic Appraisal at Nambapana Little Library

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ANC donations for the Sirinanisuru Little Library - Ratmalana

31-01-2009

ANC donations for the Sirinanisuru Little Library - Ratmalana

  The Little Library called Sirinanisuru at Ratmalana which was founded by the CUP is developed by the students of the American National College (ANC).The ANC Group made their preliminary visit this library on 23rd November 2008, and donated story books and a lot of other materials. With a great sense of understanding of the children’s capacity coupled with a keen interest on the ability of children creating their own story books, the ANC funded to conduct a series of work shops for the children who are members of the library, towards enhancing their reading, writing and literary skills.  

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Another Little Library at Polhengoda

31-10-2008

Another Little Library at Polhengoda

  The opening of another Little Library (Singithi Poth Gula) at Rathana Arama Temple, Polhengoda was held on 01.11.2008. Ms.N.T.A.Dissanayake – Director CUP, Mr.Madushanka Abeygunawardena – Member CUP, Mr.Harsha Gomes – Member CUP, were participate at this event. This event was organized by the children of the Rathana Arama Sunday School.

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Little Library at the Sri Nandasara Daham School - Imbulgoda

26-09-2008

Little Library at the Sri Nandasara Daham School - Imbulgoda

  The opening of a new children’s library at the Sri Nandasara Daham school of the Shaila Bimbaramaya temple, Imbulgoda, on 27th September 2008, marks another stride achieved by the CUP Organization under its all-Island Project to establish Children’s Libraries to enhance the reading habit among children. The Little Library was named as Sri Nandasara Poth Gula.

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LITTLE LIBRARY - (SINGITHI POTH GULA)

16-08-2008

LITTLE LIBRARY - (SINGITHI POTH GULA)

  The concept of “Singithi Pothgula” (little library) was introduced by CUP, in order to improve the reading habits among children. This Little Library is organized by CUP in collaboration with Room to Reed Sri Lanka.The introductory program for the library leaders and members was held at Ihala Yagoda Shaila Bimbaramaya temple by the CUP Team,

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Singithi Pothgula at Rathna Arama

29-12-2007

Singithi Pothgula at Rathna Arama

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Singithi Pothgula - 2007

16-02-2007

Singithi Pothgula - 2007

This was a project to inculcate the habit of sharing among them and to gain knowledge by borrowing and reading the books from their own library. The Vishwa Pradeepa (Dambadeniya) library won the first place.

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