Reading Posts for Schools/Villages

Cinta Baca establishes reading posts (mini libraries) in schools and village community centers to improve literacy. Children gain access to a library that provides fun and interesting books that will spark their imagination and promote a lifelong love of reading.

What’s in a Reading Post?

Each reading post will contain a minimum of 200 books, ranging from storybooks to educational books for children. We also provide adults with books to help them learn about their economic contexts. For example, in coastal fishing communities we provide books about aquaculture, and in agricultural communities we provide books on various aspects of agriculture (e.g. organic farming, mushroom farming).

Village Libraries

A Cinta Baca village library has 2,000 books and is established to reach out the communities in various sub-districts. Our goal is to become partners with the local government, schools and local communities in order to grow the love of reading in all regions. Our hope is that the local communities can use our village libraries as learning facilities where they can easily access information and knowledge.

City Libraries

A City Library has more than 10,000 books and is a place for activities, building communities and for people to participate as volunteers. All of the programs and the book circulation in each region are centered at the city libraries.

You can be a library member by paying an annual fee. With a membership card, you can take advantage of all the facilities in the City Library.



Cinta Baca’s vision goes beyond getting children excited about reading. Our Community Development programs focus on health and livelihood. Teachers and volunteers have the opportunity to be a part of our programs and develop tools to build their own programs after our programs have finished.

Our goal is to form a virtuous society in line with the Pancasila principles.

SMART Programs

We realize that it’s not enough to just provide books or libraries. This is where our SMART community development programs come in, to instill values in the hearts of young people. SMART stands for:

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Mothers to
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Reading program through
Traditional Indonesian cultural methods

We wanted to make these programs easy to understand so that mothers, who are the primary initiators of this program, will be actively involved in developing a love of reading in their children.

SMART Reading: A program designed to bring out the richness of the reading world for children with the purpose of developing lifelong reading habits in order to instill values that will build a virtuous character.

SMART Learning: A study group consisting of 8-10 families who live near a Cinta Baca Library. who meet ten times a year to increase the family’s interest in reading. In this program, parents are trained to creatively read books to their children and make it a regular activity in the family.

SMART Health: A continuation of the SMART Learning program, this study consists of 12-16 families who meet for two years. Here, parents learn basic health principles. It is hoped that they will be able to motivate other families in their society to live a healthy lifestyle. SMART Health adopts the CHE (Community Health Education) model that focuses on the family’s physical, emotional and spiritual health.

SMART Virtues: A continuation of SMART Health, this study group consists of 5-10 families who discuss Indonesian values of Pancasila, the official philosophical foundation of the Indonesian state. It is hoped that these values will be preserved and developed in the midst of the communities where these families live.


Cinta Baca provides a basic training course for teachers and volunteers at each library/reading post that is established.

This training course trains teachers and volunteers how to make the most of their new library, ways to use the books in their respective contexts, how to run storytelling sessions and SMART programs to encourage a love of reading, and how to create a check-out system so that people can read at home.

We then conduct periodic monitoring & evaluations to check if further support or training is required.