US donates over 130,000 books to children’s libraries in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK (TCA) — During the World Book Day celebration in Bishkek on April 21, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Sheila Gwaltney announced a donation of over 130,000 books to 80 children’s libraries across the country. The United States will contribute the books through its USAID Reading Together project, which improves the reading skills of early grade students, the US Embassy in Bishkek said.


Each library will receive a set of 1,639 books featuring tales, stories, riddles, and poetry tailored to the needs of early readers. USAID worked closely with Ministry of Education and Science to select more than 230 titles in the Kyrgyz language.

The donation supplements USAID’s broader efforts to promote a culture of reading among young children and their parents. Strong reading skills serve as a foundation for successful learning in many other areas.

“Reading opens up many opportunities to learn and explore so many interesting things. Reading can help you realize your ambitions. It also shapes our values and dreams, and connects you to other generations and cultures,” said Ambassador Gwaltney during her announcement of the book donation.

In December 2016, the United States donated over a quarter million books to primary schools across the country through the USAID Reading Together project.

USAID, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Information, and the Ministry of Education work together within the Reading Together project to help children advance their reading skills through innovative teaching methods. The project has already reached 60% of primary schools, helping 260,000 students throughout the country build reading skills essential for future success.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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