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How do we get homeless children off the street and into reading centres?

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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic Apr 06, 2022
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Homeless children will benefit in several ways if they're not on the street, instead of in a reading centre/library.
They're more prone to be victims and engage in nefarious activities on the street. Reading centres provide them with books for their hobbies and potential careers. The centres could serve snacks and partner with an orphanage. That way, the kids are off the street permanently.
Children who don't want to attend school can learn from books. They could help librarians, and the ones with the most potential could receive an internship that leads to employment.
The challenge is to convince them that reading centres/libraries are more beneficial to them than the streets. How do we do that?
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Free meal after spending two hours in the library

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Michaela D
Michaela D Apr 11, 2022
Food will be very convincing. Children will report when they come in and two hours later they get a free meal. Librarians will help kids find books they like so that their interest is sparked. They will also make sure children actually read and they don't just play around with other kids. A child can stay for more hours during the day and have food more than once. The more time children stay there, the more it will feel like home.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 months ago
Free meal after telling a librarian what the book is about and being able to answer a few follow up questions about it
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic2 months ago
Darko Savic Sounds good. The only issue I can see is that the librarian needs to have read the book. That may be challenging, considering the number of books in a library and the varying interests of a librarian and a child.
To make it simple, I recommend a synopsis of the book. That way, the librarian can use the blurb to verify accuracy.
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Michaela D
Michaela D2 months ago
Goran Radanovic only that the children can also read the blurb and then paraphrase it. I think something like Darko Savic's suggestion is optimal. Children say which chapters they read that day and then the librarian skims through the chapters and asks questions. The librarian doesn't need to read the whole book.
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Assistant Librarians?

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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voice Apr 07, 2022
Growing up in the streets creates a sense of self-sufficiency and mistrust at a very young age. Giving them casual tasks makes the help they receive feel earned and also creates a sense of freedom at the library. Being needed makes them feel at home and interest in the books can follow after.
The issue is finding enough tasks for all the kids.
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Michaela D
Michaela D2 months ago
Do you mean tasks in the library? Like cleaning, sorting books, etc?
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Contrived _voice
Contrived _voicea month ago
Michaela D yeah, arranging books, sorting out new ones and clearing out desks once someone leaves books out
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Engineer situations where they are bored while surrounded by books

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Apr 12, 2022
Give them something they want (financial support, food, jobs), but make them wait for it in a library-like waiting room.
There should either be no wifi or mobile signal there. If they have smartphones, how do we discourage them from playing games while waiting?
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic2 months ago
No cellphones allowed. They have to put them in a locker.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 months ago
Goran Radanovic The phone is one of their rare possessions. They might be reluctant to part with it and would instead hide/use it when nobody is watching.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw23 days ago
J. Nikola's idea for an open-source immersive digital book experience is a good way to approach this. Like Darko Savic mentions, they might not be excited about the project if it forces them to put away their favourite possessions. So rather than excluding technology, we should find a way to use it.
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