Tanglin Trust School
The first donor school to contribute used library books to Book Reach was the Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. In July 2013, Tanglin’s head librarian, Jacqueline Makselon, offered to support the charity with an initial consignment of carefully selected ‘readers’ and course books from its Infant and Junior libraries.
Ben Farr of Tanglin’s Infant library and Celeste Fisher from its Junior library were extremely supportive in matching books to specific requests from the headmasters of the Nepali schools.
Book Reach would also like to thank the librarians, Josephine Chang, Noryati, Sheve Mu, Annie Lee, Ong See Wah and Elizabeth Lau for their help.
Books from the secondary library have joined the schools consignment and the total amount of boxes sent from Tanglin over the 4 years has been 92.
St Joseph’s International School
St. Joseph’s Institution International School joined Book Reach as a donor school at the end of 2013. Yvonne Krishnan, the Senior Librarian, had expressed interest in joining the project and contributing some of the library’s under-utilised duplicate books. Following the subject requests, Yvonne collected and stored them for dispatch in March 2014. A new Junior Librarian joined the staff at this time, and she and Yvonne were able to organise some boxes from the Junior library as well. St. Joseph’s 199 kg consignment included some beautiful new books – and Book Reach is extremely grateful to the school for its generous donation.
The United World College of South-East Asia (East Campus) Barbara Reid introduced Doreen and Book Reach to the International School Library Network. This organization agreed to support us with freight charges in 2015 and now again in 2017. In 2016 they provided the Singapore donor schools with strong boxes for packing the books. I am very grateful to the ISLN for their support in these practical ways and especially to Barbara for this introduction and her continued help.
Chatsworth International School In 2016, Elaine Fong, Head of Library, kindly donated 8 boxes of discarded Infant and Junior library books.
Kate Brundage of The Singapore American School has supported Book Reach in 2016/17. This school has many other beneficiary programmes but Kate still takes the time to understand the needs of our Nepali students and to put aside the books for us.
Integrated Forwarding Services
Over the last 2 years, Michael Kwei of WWW Cargo Pte Ltd has given prompt and efficient service in the pick up and freight. Thank you Michael.
The Canadian School
2017 – This year Lisa Miller of the Canadian School has offered to organise the collection of all donated boxes in the Canadian School. This helps with the cost of the freight. I am very grateful to the I.S.L.N. for suggesting this and making it possible.