Women of NYC Tech: Tanyella Evans, Library For All

Women of NYC Tech: Tanyella Evans, Library For All

Much has been said and written about the lack of women in the tech sector, be it as investors (or associates), founders, or in management positions at major companies. Is the problem the old boys network – or that success in technology is seen as a young man’s game?  In this series, we speak with some of the top women in tech in New York as they discuss the challenges they face, the perceptions that need to be changed and the work that’s being done – or not – to help to promote women.

Today we speak with Tanyella Evans, cofounder and CEO at Library For All, a nonprofit building a cloud-based digital library and platform for communities in the developing world. Tanyella has worked in social entrepreneurship and international development, focusing specifically on education and culture. Using her experience as an educator in some of the poorest communities, Tanyella has established a much needed school in Haiti and continues to provide necessary educational tools and resources to the world’s indigent communities. Tanyella is active in the NYC tech ecosystem and is doing her part to strengthen communities in a booming tech city to the poorest regions.

Library For All featured on PIX11: Changemakers

Library For All featured on PIX11: Changemakers

CHELSEA, Manhattan — Some 250 million children worldwide lack access to books and basic education. In countries like Haiti, 85 percent of schools don't even have a library, but the nonprofit Library For All is changing the game."We exist to make knowledge accessible to all equally," co-founder Tanyella Evans said. "We believe that in the 21st century access to knowledge is a basic human right."

Rwanda's Umubano Primary School embraces Library For All

 Rwanda's Umubano Primary School embraces Library For All

At A Partner in Education, we have successfully carried out international campaigns to collect books to send to Rwanda, where children in British, French and American establishments have donated second hand books to be enjoyed by students at Umubano Primary School. But what happens when the students have finished those books or when they want to access materials outside of term time? In a rapidly developing country, where most of the parents of our students now have a smart phone, we need to start thinking outside the book and consider some digital alternatives.

Community Stories: Gwen Tilghman & Lauren Hoffman, International Women's Day

Community Stories: Gwen Tilghman & Lauren Hoffman, International Women's Day

This International Women's Day, Library For All is proud to announce our campaign to build our Library's first specialized Girls' Collection, starting in Haiti. "Let Haiti Read: Girls' Collection" is spearheaded by supporters Gwen Tilghman and Lauren Hoffman. The article below was originally posted here in Yale News.

Studies have shown that males are represented nearly twice as often as females in books for children. Now Yale alumnae aim to empower girls around the globe through the creation of the Library For All Girls’ Collection.

Celebrating The Mother Tongue: 3 Ways to Stimulate the Global Supply-Chain of Mother Tongue Content

Celebrating The Mother Tongue: 3 Ways to Stimulate the Global Supply-Chain of Mother Tongue Content

Today is International Mother Tongue Language Day.Take a moment to imagine that you are a child of five or six years old in Rwanda, enrolled in elementary school. As you leave for school in the morning, you say goodbye to your mom in Kinyarwandan - your mother tongue; you meet your friends on the road and chatter away in Kinyarwandan; meandering past the market, you overhear the shop vendors bartering in Kinyarwandan; but when you enter the classroom, unfamiliar words grate on your ears. You listen intently to the teacher, straining to understand and find your way through the maze of confusing characters and words. You leaf through a tattered reading book in the same foreign tongue, donated by some long-gone stranger, a plot line you can’t follow even by the illustrations, which confound you; fair-skinned children laughing in the park, visiting a koala in the zoo.

#BluestoneForBooks: A campaign to support global literacy

#BluestoneForBooks: A campaign to support global literacy

#BluestoneForBooks: A campaign to support global literacy. Library For All has partnered up with fast-growing coffee brand Bluestone Lane to support our mission to make knowledge accessible to all, equally. “Bluestone for Books” is our campaign to drive awareness and support for global literacy through inspiring participation with individuals across the NYC community. Throughout November, Bluestone Lane stores will be serving coffee in branded “Bluestone for Books” cups. In Bluestone Lane restaurant cafes, each table will have a "Blue Book" with information regarding the initiative.

Community Stories: Taniya Benedict, International Day of the Girl

Community Stories: Taniya Benedict, International Day of the Girl

Today, our team at Library For All celebrates International Day of the Girl. We have a mission to make knowledge accessible to all, equally, and we believe that empowering girls with educational materials will help break the cycle of poverty. Books were always a huge part of my life. As a young girl growing up in the outer suburbs of southeast Melbourne, I had dreamed of being many things: an astronaut, a scientist, a journalist, a professional basketball star, an actress, Princess Jasmine. I was a bright child with an inquisitive mind, and an imagination that could catapult even the most serious personalities into a world of make-believe. Looking back, I believe that it was my love of books that propelled my mind into such artistry.

Community Stories: Mandy Kelso, Turning Paper Pages into Wings

Community Stories: Mandy Kelso, Turning Paper Pages into Wings

Opening the TDBank branch at 37th & Broadway came with many surprises and delights, but few as inspiring as receiving the opportunity to serve on the Board of a local nonprofit, Library For All. Midtown Manhattan has become the home of a buzzing tech sector, with eBay's offices in the 20s, reaching all the way up to Bloomberg near Bryant Park.  Amidst the fashionistas and garment visionaries, sit developers, sprinkled throughout the cafes, sipping Wi-Fi along Broadway's pedestrian path, or in one of the many co-op work spaces that have sprouted up throughout Midtown. Among them sits a unique tech non-profit who envisions "a world with opportunities for all individuals to learn, dream, and aspire to lift themselves out of poverty."  Library For All's mission is nothing less than to make knowledge accessible to all, equally.  And from the moment I met the founders, Tanyella Evans and Rebecca McDonald, in the Echoing Green Fellowship office on the corner of 37th & 7th, I knew that this was a nonprofit, this was a tech company—errr, this was a game-changer, like no other. 

Tanyella Evans named one of ILA's 30 under 30 leaders in global literacy!

Tanyella Evans named one of ILA's 30 under 30 leaders in global literacy!

The International Literacy Association (ILA), a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all, announced Tanyella Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Library For All, today as an honoree on its second annual 30 Under 30 list. The list recognizes the next generation of young innovators, advocates and educators who are leading efforts to advance literacy for all, whether in their community or around the world.