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Establishment of Children’s Library by A Woman from Lotfollah Village

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One of the most significant social actions which brings about faith in oneself and forms pioneering movements, is a knowledge transfer, based on the available capacities. Recognition of local communities’ requirements was the first step in the process of knowledge transfer and built up a background for determination of appropriate training. There was widespread announcement for volunteers to participate in training sessions in order to educate empowered members for the society and develop persistent capacity. Accordingly several training courses such as “working with children”, “origami”, “librarianship”, “playwriting”, “shadow show”, “curatorship” and “nations’ culture” were held. 
Ms. Zahra Shahraki from Lotfollah Village of Hamoun County is one of these courses trainees. She is a motivated woman who passed a long distance in order to participate in the “librarianship” and “working with children” courses in the neighbor village of Ali Akbar city. Then she volunteered to work in the children’s library of Ali Akbar city.
The courses created a ground for development and improvement of humanism in her, which eventually caused a pioneering step to lead a library with more than 1,000 children and adolescents in Ali Akbar city for eight months. Her volunteer experience was an induction for building efficient communication inside and outside the library to make a new action. Ms. Shahraki learned the operational processes and aimed to achieve bigger dreams. She is one of the rare participants of the training sessions who considered the problems of her community after receiving the education and finding that her personal awareness has enhanced

Ms. Shahraki, in the first step, started to negotiate and consult with the reliable members of the village. Through articulation of her learnings and perspectives she shared the belief with the reliable members that training an empowered generation for the future of the village needs a serious attention to the today’s children’s needs. Ultimately, through making the “village administration” and “village Islamic council” to go along with the approach, as well as having several referring to the relevant institutions like “the institution of providence libraries”, “institute for the intellectual development of children and adolescents” and “district administration office”, while emphasizing on the usage of available village properties for the establishment of “children’s library” and “toy house”, she became successful to receive the permission of using parts of Lotfollah village “health center” for five years.
The success was a significant step in creation of self-confidence and a great motivation for the rest of her way. Consecutive consultation with “philanthropists”, “institute for the intellectual development of children and adolescents” and “book donation centers” caused the provision of facilities which are although few but are extremely efficient and effective for the formation of a successful experience.

Ms. Shahraki pointed the most fundamental need of the society (education in an effective age). She created a sensitivity for the custodians as well as the other members of the village in order to reach the achievement of having a center which includes 100 members, 2,000 books and 1,500 toys in an appropriate atmosphere for children in her village.
It makes a good sense to call the center as “village development and empowerment center”. Based on development approach, in case the operation of “social capacity building methods” is appropriate and there is a specific perspective on “comprehensive knowledge transfer”, we may expect a systematic elimination for several social concerns and natural resources challenges. The “children’s library”, established by Ms. Zahra Shahraki is considered as a fruit of MENARID project perspective on forming “children’s library of Ali Akbar city”.