Little LOATADs are small libraries, primarily in schools but also in unconventional community spaces, that provide children and young people in underprivileged communities with access to high-quality books that they would otherwise be unable to access. These Little LOATADs are in schools with little-to-no books but with a desire to give students access to the joy that recreational reading provides, as well as the short, medium and long-term academic, social and economic benefits that come from good literacy.
The donation of a Little LOATAD to a school is an investment not just in the school but in the students themselves. By giving young people access to books they might not otherwise have, there’s the potential to create or inspire a new generation of readers and change their futures for the better.
Little LOATADs don’t just come with books; they come with the full support and experience of the LOATAD team. This can mean as much as leading classes on writing and reading or as little as offering advice and guidance on maintaining the library from a distance, whatever works best for the school in question.
The first Little LOATAD opened at Gem Star School in Ashaiman in September 2018. The second, at Nipanka Anglican Preparatory School in Kumawu in the Ashanti region, opened in December 2018.