The last vestiges of summer and the start of the school year symbolize the renewed energy of that's invested at this time of year in the educational initiatives of the Regional Partnership for Sustainability. After a good summer's rest, the partners are back in enthusiastic action. Some of those who were involved till now in planning and preparing for take-off are propelling their projects to the next stage: 'Reading from the Beginning (MiBereishit)', for example, will be launched this week in a festive ceremony.
This free lending programme will be run by libraries throughout Binyamina-Givat Ada. A joint effort between the town's public library and the Bereishit School, it operates under the umbrella of the Regional Partnership for Sustainability. Participating in the opening ceremony will be Ms. Monique Vaknin, director of the local council's Education Department; the pupils of the Bereishit school and their parents; teachers; and other citizens.
The basic concept of 'Reading from the Beginning' is to encourage reading by getting books out of the library and into public spaces. Thus 30 community libraries will be established at Binyamina-Givat Ada bus stops that serve kids at the ORT School and at other central spots like playgrounds, the Binyamina Community Centre, and the post office. There will be Hebrew and English-language books, suitable for the target audiences at each library (youth, parents and children, adults). Passersby will be able to borrow books to take home, or to read while they're waiting at the bus stops.
In keeping with the theme of sustainability, and the library's belief that schoolchildren are an integral part of human and nature's ecological cycles, the libraries will be constructed using recycled, sustainable materials such as milk cartons and previously-used shelving. The Bereishit School pupils will maintain the bus stops on an ongoing basis, at the libraries closest to their homes.
And of course the partners will set up Facebook and Instagram pages where additional information can be found, including a map of the local libraries and details about what's happening there -- storytelling hours, activities for youth, etc.