Hanging Libraries Around the World



1School A (a private boarding school)

The hangers are permanently on the walls of the classes (4, 5 and 6; age range 14 to 20) in which the hanging library is being used. There is a daily reading period in the classrooms. The children borrow and read the books under the supervision of the teacher, who is responsible for handling the borrowing and return of the books and is present to answer questions to help with comprehension and difficult vocabulary. Books can also be read outside library times in the children’s free time. The comprehension questions are used as discussion points between children reading the same books.


2School B (a private boarding school):

The hangers are located within a dedicated library room. There is a paid librarian in this school who is responsible for lending out and getting back the hanging library books as well as other books in the library. Library time is scheduled during the week. Children can read during prep time from 7 to 9 pm. The library is open to all the children in the school. The librarian encourages children to answer the questions at the back of the books. She marks the children’s answers and gives them feedback. The suggested follow-up activities are not yet being used.



3School C (a government-funded school with large classes of 80 to 90 children and limited resources):

There is a dedicated project coordinator. The hangers and books are kept locked away in a store room to avoid theft. Two children are appointed library monitors for classes 5 and 6 and they get the hangers and books out and the record the lending and return of the books (with their own system) during dedicated library time twice a week. The books can also be borrowed and read in the children’s free time at school after 3 pm but are not taken home. While the scheme was set up to be used in the top two classes, the older children are encouraged to read with the younger ones during their free time.

When the project started in this school the children used the comprehension questions in a formal way and wrote down the answers. More recently the children have used the questions as discussion points among themselves and sometimes the suggestions for activities are followed up where it fits with what else is being done in class.