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’

Our seasoned librarian Adhemar and Paty, an elementary school teacher, inaugurated Sopachuy’s club on August 22nd. Fifteen children from ages 8-12 participated in the first meeting, which combined music and reading. Our wonderful volunteer from Spain, Tania, continues to help with weekly meetings, coordinating activities like telling stories through rock paintings, creating puppets, and even making a map of the tongue!

During June and July in Morado Q’asa another volunteer, Jennifer, helped our incredible librarian Marisol get kids interested in chapter books, write poems about themselves, and much much more. See her blog post here.

Tarabuco and Presto have the newest clubs. Dedicated teacher Armando and the new librarian Jimena worked together in Tarabuco to form a club that meets twice a week. Repeat volunteer Steve, a professional librarian, is helping Jimena to learn new techniques. We’re still looking for a volunteer to help in Presto, but for now our librarian Antonia is doing a great job getting her club started.


Book club member / Antonia showing story from book club

Children in Tomina benefited greatly from the Cara a Cara project, which allowed BiblioWorks to hire Liz, a professional psychologist, to work with the existing book club. Through innovative activities children improved their self-esteem, reading and writing skills, and leadership abilities.

Liz promotes writing with club in Tomina

Liz promotes writing with club in Tomina

Yamparáez’ club has the longest history. Many talented volunteers and librarians have made this club a success. Currently the club meets four times a week, with volunteers coming to teach English, read stories, and do fun activities like origami.

BiblioWorks is thrilled that so many children are learning to love to read through the amazing work of librarians and volunteers.



  1. syeda

    It is sad to see bookstores and libraries nearly empty of young people. Gone are the days when children would flock to these places in search of books to read. The best thing we can do is to develop among our children the love for reading at an early age.
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    1. Internbiblioworks

      Hi Seyda, thanks for your comment.
      In Bolivia children still use libraries in large numbers, since other types of technology or services are not a part of the culture. The libraries in rural communities is still the place for kids to hung out.

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