Bookworm runs Rang Mai Community Library in Phrao, Chiang Mai. We also provide mobile library service visiting schools, villages and homes across Phrao. Staff and volunteers conduct two to three outreach programs per week and conduct fun activities with children.
Bookworm has set up two early childhood centres for hill tribe children. Sunshine Kids Center and Little Smiles Center both focus on teaching children basic literacy in preparation for primary school away from their villages. Bookworm makes monthly visits to both centres to deliver supplies and assess teaching and learning.
Bookworm produces universal design picture books, which can be enjoyed by children and adults with and without disabilities in Thailand and beyond. These beautiful handmade books are labor of love by hundreds of committed volunteers.
In august 2023, our founder, Yoshimi Horiuchi, was featured on a 15-minute programme called "Direct Talk" on NHK World. The programme is in English, and you can watch Bookworm's mobile library project in action. Yoshimi talks extensivvely about her motivation to start the project, challenges she has encountered, and much more.
Watch the programme on NHK World Here
Bookworm Foundation has achieved amazing things thanks to the tremendous amount of support received since the beginning. It was born as just an idea in 2009, and it has grown to a library with over 10,000 books, a special library truck, and two early childhood literacy centres. Now, more than ever, we need to expand our support membership base in order that we have a bigger, better and deeper foundation upon which to build our work, both now and for the future.
In February 2021, we have set up "Bookworm Club" with an annual support membership scheme that we hope is attractive to a range of interested supporters. Each member will pay an annual membership fee of 1,000 THB or 3,000 JPY, and receive quarterly newsletter as a small token of appreciation from Thailand.
See our Support Us page for more information on how to subscribe. For all questions regarding membership, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We really hope you consider joining as a member of the Bookworm Club.