If your aim is school & practical education, why do
you produce fiction too?
motivates children to practice reading. It is an important part of
developing literacy, enabling a life of practical learning.
When will you translate X into language Y?
into other languages is a large long term project. Translation is done
by volunteers, so while the Library steadily grows, there is no way to
know which books will be translated into which language when.
If there are any languages you can help with, please let us know. It's
What's the progress on the library so far? What topics are
In February 2014, we have about 350 books in various stages of
production from incomplete writings to print ready.
Growing food on barren land
Cleaning dirty water
Children's & adults' literacy books
Blanket making from garbage
Reducing cooking fuel use
Making tools from garbage
Maths skills & tools
A series teaching electronic engineering
Pipe making from scrap materials
on the books is an ongoing project. We look forward to Penny Library
steadily growing into a large bank of the kind of knowledge that
changes peoples' lives.
As of November 2015, over 100 of these books have been completed.
In February 2017 we have over 130 completed titles.
What's the situation with research?
For the future we also have a few reseach projects planned that will be
completed when funds allow. There are also some research projects that
people at home can take part in, such as making and testing
some blanket replacements.
2015: We've now carried out 43 experiments of which 27 have been
2017: Over 40 successful outcome experiments so far.
Do you provide anything other than books?
also developed a range of ultra low cost tools. These are used in
children's education, and sometimes to get jobs done that can make
people money to buy food and so on. We provide them and also show
people how to make their own, making them affordable to lots of people
that couldn't pay for traditional tools.
In 2017 the tools we
supply include rulers, protractors, tape measures, level, set square,
precision wedge gauges, sewing gauge and a cheap micrometer substitute.
We also send out information only on how to make hammer stapler,
mallet, metal bender, plastic rulers & protractors, workbench,
clamps, cord maker, plane, pH strips, guillotine, etc. People can make
these to use or to sell.
We're also developing a range of educational posters, for both school
and home use.
What's Penny Library's biggest challenge at the moment?
If this project is to grow to serve people on the scale we hope for, we
need to raise the funds to open a shop which will provide ongoing
funding. This is a critical step of Penny Library's development,
without which we would not be able to scale the project up.
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