BiblioWorks presents at the Feria Internacional del Libro 2014

Maritza with renowned children's author, and organiser of the conference, Gaby Vallejo

Maritza with renowned children’s author, and organiser of the conference, Gaby Vallejo

On Friday the 7th of November, BiblioWorks were excited to present at the Jornadas de Literatura Infantil y Lectura, a two day event which is part of the annual Feria Internacional del Libro in Cochabamba. We were delighted to share the platform with numerous other organizations from around Bolivia, all of whom gave illuminating presentations about their strategies for bringing literacy and reading to local communities.READ MORE

BiblioWorks Supports Global Handwashing Day

Smiles all around

On the 15th of October 2014, members of the reading club at the municipal library in Tarabuco, along with over 200 million people worldwide, took part in celebrating Global Handwashing Day. Using water, soap and boundless enthusiasm, the children enjoyed learning about the importance of good hygiene and its part in their everyday routine. As you can see, they very much enjoyed their lesson!READ MORE

LA DESPEDIDA DE ANJA- Anja’s Goodbye Party

IMG_8144It is with heavy but full hearts that we say goodbye to one of our most enthusiastic, giving, and dedicated volunteers, Anja! Anja spent six weeks at the school of Santísma Trinidad in the rural community of Pampa Aceituno just outside of the city of Sucre working with children from K-7th grade.  She created and ran literacy clubs in which the class read books together and learned about grammar, punctuation and how to read with confidence and passion as well as teaching English classes.  READ MORE

Building a Playground for the Community of Tomoroco

Group photo of many of the volunteers who worked on the park

Group photo of many of the volunteers who worked on the park

In the year 2013, former Volunteer Coordinator Zannah Pierce began plans for a playground in the town of Tomoroco in which Biblioworks established a library on the grounds of the community school in May of 2013.  This impoverished, rural community had no parks or community spaces and so we wanted to create a space in which children could express themselves through active play, where families could gather, and in order to make the library a more inviting place that meets the needs of the community.   It took months of fundraising, communication with architects, town officials, and consulting numerous sources surrounding health and safety to ensure that all activities on the playground were viable, secure, and would make a positive long-term impact on the community. 

On the 30th of March through the 1st of April, after months of working with city-wide and municipal officials,  we were able to carry out the building of the playground in the village of Tomoroco!  READ MORE

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE VOLUNTEER

In the city of Sucre, the National Council for Volunteering (CONABOL) of the Chuquisaca región held a special event to reward all the volunteers that have worked one or more years to improve the quality of life of people and animals that we are involved with: they are people who are “all heart”.

The BiblioWorks foundation participated in this award ceremony, presenting the Taylor Family: Yuval Taylor, Karen Duys, Thalía Taylor and Jack Taylor, who have worked in the Yamparáea community library “Virgen de Guadalupe”, helping the librarian with the book club activities and running English classes.

Taylor Family working with children in the library Yamparáez

Taylor Family working with children in the library Yamparáez

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DÍA DEL VOLUNTARIO INTERNACIONAL

En la ciudad de Sucre, el Consejo Nacional del Voluntariado (CONABOL) Capítulo Chuquisaca, realizó un acto especial para premiar a todos los voluntarios que trabajan igual o más de 1 año para mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas y animales con las que intervienen, son “personas todo corazón”.

La Fundación BiblioWorks participó en esta premiación presentando a la Familia Taylor: Yuval Taylor, Karen Duys, Thalía Taylor y Jacky Taylor que realizan su trabajo en la biblioteca “Virgen de Guadalupe” en la comunidad de Yamparáez, apoyando a la bibliotecaria en las actividades del club de lectura y dictando clases de inglés.

Familia Taylor trabajando con los niños en la biblioteca de Yamparáez

Familia Taylor trabajando con los niños en la biblioteca de Yamparáez

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THE CLOSE OF THE ´CARA A CARA´ PROJECT

The ´Cara a Cara´ project undertaken with the children from the library ´Kiskaluru´ in Tomina and with working children who sell the Inti magazine at the Plaza 25 Mayo in Sucre has successfully finished.

The results obtained are good, with the children learning about how to be good leaders in their home, school, and work as is the case of the Inti children. Now each child can put these skills to practice in their daily lives.

They have also learnt about self-esteem and to love themselves and others, which has really helped the children to accept themselves. They have demonstrated all their achievements with ease, without fear of the others that make fun of them, and in addition they have learnt to recognize their flaws and how they can change these flaws into virtues.

  Niñas de la biblioteca Kiskaluru trabajando el tema de autoestima

The children have strengthened their reading habits, and undertaken productions for the Inti magazine, including writing stories, legends, poems, and drawing illustrations.

                                                    Niña compartiendo un té en el cierre del proyecto Cara a Cara

The closing took place with a party, where they all shared delicious snacks, cake, chocolate, and enjoyed the toys that came in their bags.

 

Cierre del Proyecto “Cara a Cara”

El proyecto “Cara a Cara” que se realizó con los niños de la biblioteca “Kiskaluru” de la comunidad de Tomina y los niños trabajadores de la calle que venden la Revista Inti en la Plaza 25 de Mayo de la ciudad de Sucre concluyó satisfactoriamente.

Los resultados que se obtuvieron son buenos, los niños aprendieron sobre cómo ser buenos líderes dentro de su hogar, escuela, trabajo como es el caso de los niños Inti. Ahora cada uno lo pone en práctica en su diario vivir.

Niños trabajando el tema de liderazgo

Niños trabajando el tema de liderazgo

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Concurso de lectura “Leer, pensar y reflexionar”

Primer Concurso de Lectura Comprensiva en Maragua

Proyectos sometidos a calificación

Proyectos sometidos a calificación

La biblioteca escolar de Maragua bajo la iniciativa de promover el desarrollo del pensamiento crítico y el buen uso del lenguaje, tanto en la expresión oral como escrita en niños y adolescentes estudiantes de la Unidad Educativa,  lanzó el primer  concurso de lectura comprensiva durante el mes de septiembre.READ MORE

Learning to Love to Read: Children’s Book Clubs

Part of BiblioWorks’ strategic plan is to involve local elementary teachers in efforts to promote reading by creating or improving children’s book clubs in our libraries. We’re very happy to report that after a training session for librarians and teachers, children’s book clubs are now running successfully in Sopachuy, Morado Q’asa, Tarabuco, Tomina, Presto and Yamparáez.

volunteer works with children in Bolivia

Creating a ‘tongue map’

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Beyond Access membership

We hope to make our libraries stronger through being part of this exciting initiative

We hope to make our libraries stronger through being part of this exciting initiative

Beyond Access. BiblioWorks is extremely happy to announce that we have been accepted into the international network of libraries and library organizations, Beyond Access believes in the power of libraries to drive development and impact communities. It is an international initiative of different private and public organizations and currently has 30 members around the developing world. READ MORE