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Books are our greatest invention. They don’t only help us improve critical thinking and memory. They allow us to understand a point of view that is not our own. To understand is to empathize, and the ability to empathize is the most human thing about being human.

At SOLS 24/7, we are readers. How many of us remember our first book? It wasn’t the most informative book, or even the most interesting book. Readers remember their first books less like books, than like floodgates. The first book opened worlds.

Since 2014, the Community Library has fought to bring books and the love of reading to underprivileged children all over Malaysia. We understand that it only takes a single book to change a life. For each of these children, we only have to get it right once.

 

The Power of Books

 

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Improves Memory

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 Develops Critical Thinking

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Ignites Imagination

 

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Increases Empathy

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Gains Perspective

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Increases Knowledge

 

Books have so much value to us, but…

 

Out of these, the people who read most often:

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Live in Urban Locations

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Have an English  speaking background

 Have a variety of books

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Have a supportive reading environment

What about underprivileged communities who don’t have access to books?

 

Our Libraries

We channel donated books to build reading spaces for underprivileged children!
Each of these libraries will have a dedicated reading space with:

Books

Book Shelves

Carpets

Bean Bags

 

 

How do we Build our Libraries? 

 

You can bring books to them

 

Donate books

Sponsor a community

Sponsor a library

 

Partners

 

 

Here at SOLS 24/7, we think about books like this: A book is made from a tree. Read it, and you hear the voice of another person. Someone on the other side of the world, or someone dead for hundreds of years. Across all that space and time, the writer is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you.

Books are perhaps one of mankind’s greatest inventions. They allow us to live, think, act and reflect in ways that belong to times and spaces we have never known. They give us an opportunity to read across language and cultural differences in order to understand the vast range of perspectives on this Earth. So we find ourselves with the ability to see beyond where we are, to find ourselves linked with others we have never directly known.

Reading does not only improve memory and critical thinking. They are the foundation of what it means to be human. They allow us empathy and the ability to relate to others. They allow us to understand where we come from and where we are going.

Without this ability to relate to strangers, how else can we imagine living together in this world? Books are a way of joining in the story of mankind. At SOLS 24/7, we find that it is not only beneficial, but necessary to read for any human being to understand a sense of his or her place in the wider world.

But what about those who have no books? Isn’t it ironic that those who need a sense of a wider world the most are also those who have no access to books? The Community Library programme has been fighting since 2014 to put books in the hands of those who need it the most.

Consider the following quote:

“At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.”

– Albert Manguel, A History of Reading

If you are a reader, no doubt, you would have instantly resonated with those words. We all remember a moment just like the one described, when the words suddenly make sense, and a startling clarity begins to emerge. We don’t remember the process, but we remember the moment it happened.

We cannot turn every child into a reader. But we can facilitate the process. We can provide a library where there was none before. We can provide a pleasant reading environment. We can provide books. For these children, all we need is to get it right just once.

Join the movement to bring books to more people. It’s easy to do! Look around your home or work, can you find just one book that you’ve read and no longer want? Give it to a friend or family member who doesn’t have a lot of books, give it to a charity, or donate it to the local orphanage!

 

#PassABookAlong

 

Donate a Book!

You can donate your old or unused books to us!

Call +6018-2224-247 or e-mail info@ngohub.asia to find out how!

 

Nominate a community

If you are an NGO and you would like a library, or if you know a community who could use a library, apply with this form here

You can call us at +6018-2224-247 or e-mail info@ngohub.asia for enquiries

 

Sponsor a Library!

If you believe in what we are doing, it is possible to sponsor an entire library for an underprivileged community!

Apply here

Call +6018-2224-247 or e-mail info@ngohub.asia to find out how!

 

1Petaling Commerz & Residential Condos, #1-9 Jalan 1 C/149, Off Jalan Sungai Besi 57100 Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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