Educational Institutions


Changing Lives One Book at at Time



The Mission for Freedom to Read is to change the lives of the people of the Bahamas through free access to literacy. This organization works with the Bahamas Library Services to train and teach library attendants and supervisors, provide print and electronic materials for use in libraries and sponsor literacy services in the out island settlements of the Bahamas. The goal of the organization is literacy for all people of the Bahamas.

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Executive Director

Susan Siel

Main Address

5953 Fifth Ave.



Library, Literacy, Bahamas, Reading, Computers





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (O05)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Library Development on Eleuthera & Andros Islands

Library Development on The Family Islands

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The goal of our volunteer work is to increase literacy rates in the out islands of the Bahamas by providing free access. In addition to improved literacy rates we also strive to increase job skills. We set up libraries and train local library attendants to circulate materials and provide library services in small settlements.

Our strategies include soliciting print materials to provide collections in small settlements in the out islands of the Bahamas. We manage collections, ship them, set up the libraries and train local library attendants.

We have skilled professionals on our board of directors. Our Executive Director is a High School Library Media Teacher, and our treasurer holds an MBA from George Washington University. We are proud that everyone on our board holds Master's Degrees in Education, Business and/or Nursing. These are all fields that keep us focused on helping others in pursuit of increased literacy.

We currently have 10 library sites on Eleuthera Island. Some are functioning library/community centers and some are in construction. As we move forward we will maintain the library collections and provide continued training for the library attendants.

As usage of our library sites increase, we see more interest in reading and literacy in the community. Programming for community events will be a 'next step' for us in terms of encouraging literacy in the settlements.

We have established five functioning library/computer centers on Eleuthera. There are trained local library attendants on site to manage and maintain the collections and programming.

We are continuing to work hand in hand in collaboration with local governments and community activists in five additional settlements.

In a few of them we already have books on the shelves. Our next steps in those libraries is to organize the collection, label the books, create circulation pockets and train the library attendant.

In a few others we are currently working on construction of the site so in the coming year they can open as fully functioning community centers.

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