Cappadocia Akköy Children's Library Call for Donations

The Cappadocia Akköy Children's Library (ACL), a non-profit institution, has been planned as providing free public library service to children of the Cappadocia region, in particular those who reside in rural hamlets, villages and the countryside.

The collections amassed at ACL will serve the unique needs of Cappadocian rural communities and enrich the lives of hundreds of children. Library membership will be free and registration will provide access to a large collection of materials as well as a wide range of programs and resources that could link rural children with the arts community and philanthropic activities and bursaries inTurkey.

The ACL is dedicated to bringing books and children together in the hinterland, mountain ranges and valleys ofCappadocia. A love of reading and literacy go hand in hand.  Many a child in Cappadocia do not own books other than their obligatory school text books and they have not attended to story telling sessions, puppetry shows, or had the luxury of taking books out just to read and enjoy without having to purchase them.

The library will also provide access to, the digitalized international children’s library, for those returnee children who come back toCappadociafrom European countries for spending the summer with their grandparents. The region sent out thousands of migrant Turkish workers toEuropeduring the 1970s, and their children are bilingual and multinational.

The ACL will make good-quality and classic books and canonized children’s literature available to children where there are no books or few books available for public use and where a child may have not been able to use or access a library otherwise, especially during the long summer months.

As a non-profit organization linked to Akköy Evleri, the Cappadocia Akköy Children's Library relies on your support to provide free and volunteer-based library services to our children in 8 surrounding villages.

Please give generously to our Fundraising Campaign either in kind or in cash donations (books and recyclable educational toys to be sent to Akköy Cocuk Kütüphanesi, Akköy Muhtarlıgı, Akköy Köyü, Urgüp, Nevsehir 50400, Turkey).  

Nergis Canefe (MA Bogazici, 1989, MA New York, 1991, Ph.D York, 1998, D.Jur candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School) is a Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and International Law at York University, and associate director of Centre for Refugee Studies. Her areas of interest are minority rights, diaspora politics, transnational politics of religion, critical citizenship studies, war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. For the past 15 years, she taught in Turkey, US, UK and Canada. Her publications appeared inCitizenship StudiesNations and NationalismBalkanologieTurkish StudiesRethinking History. She has over 50 academic publications to date. She is also a trained clown, recorded singer of Sephardic Jewish songs, painter and photographer. 

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