We believe in the transformative power of books: not just as educational tools or something to pass the time with, but as vessels to other worlds that are full of possibility. For the 34 million children currently uprooted from their homes, books can act as a critical lifeline during times of psychological stress. Unfortunately, many displaced children don’t have libraries, classroom bookshelves, or personal collections to tap into - instead, they live in book deserts with limited humanitarian investment into their education. We want to change that.
Through book distributions, the rehabilitation of school libraries in refugee communities, and even the installation of our own take on Little Free Libraries, Millie’s Bookshelf is working to mitigate book deserts around the world - one book at a time. And if you’re wondering who Millie is, she’s a nod to the fearless, curious bookworm of our childhood - Matilda! Thirty years after Roald Dahl brought Matilda to life, she continues to motivate millions of children worldwide to dream big, fight for what’s right, and never lose their sense of wonder.
The areas of Iraq that fell under ISIS occupation from 2014-2017 experienced horrific conflict, significant displacement, and for the Yazidi community - a full-scale genocide. While many displaced Yazidis long to return home to Sinjar, targeted educational investments are required to facilitate a dignified return. The trilingual (Arabic-Kurdish-English) Hostler Library at Al Hateen High School will be a sanctuary for children looking to learn and to heal. It will also be the first-ever school library in this disputed territory of Iraq! Help us make this vision a reality.
Looking for a fun way to connect with like-minded individuals who want to dive into our mission? Through bi-monthly book recommendations and online video-based group discussions, Millie’s Book Club creates a welcoming space for conversations to inspire action. Whether you are into biographies, historical fiction, or even comic books, the Millie’s team of book-reviewers will tug at your heartstrings with an array of compelling stories.