Introducing library number 13!

Set at the foot of the Andean Mountain Range about two and a half hours East of Sucre, the town of Padilla is picturesque with its serene landscape and cooler weather. In addition to its beauty, Padilla recently became the newest location for BiblioWorks’ 13th library!


International Children’s Day!

On June 1st many places around the world recognized International Children’s Day, and BiblioWorks was of course one of them!

Children are our future, and by empowering them with literacy we are able to help them reach their full potential. In such light children around the globe deserve to be both acknowledged and appreciated. One child in particular stands out amongst the crowd: Lizeth Onofre.

Sucre Lee (Sucre Reads)

3 BiblioWorks staff members, 2 interns, 11 volunteers, 2 scouts and 10 zebras*.

100 books for bus drivers, 150 posters, 200 flyers, 50 copies of Inti magazine, 370 books for passengers.



Working for a future in the library of Maragua

 Yesterday we had the opportunity to visit the first library that Biblioworks opened in the region of Sucre, today we met one of the newest ones: Maragua.


The story of the reading festival

The Reading Festival, which takes place in Sucre, Bolivia, is the largest event organized by BiblioWorks. It gathers 2,000 students annually and more than 20 organizations participate as presenters. Have you ever asked yourself how this festival came to be so important in the region? Here is the story.READ MORE

Meet the New Members of our BiblioWorks Family

We are starting a new year and we are excited to get to work. We have many things planned for 2016:  our annual Reading Festival, a new library, achieving sustainability in two of our existing libraries, a new Reading Corner and a new local committee.

As we begin this year we want to welcome our new Bolivian National Committee members and we would like to introduce them to you: Mirtha Canseco, Marco Antonio Rios, and Tahi Abrego.READ MORE

Support Clarita’s Reading Corner

Clarita likes to sit on the librarian’s lap and listen to stories while she follows the text and pictures with her eyes. After the story is over she plays with games, while recalling words that she saw in the book. Clarita has become a favorite among all of the volunteers that come to Pampa Aceituno to work with our organization. She learned to read at the age of four, something that would have never happened without the support of the Reading Corners program. READ MORE

Spreading the Joy of Reading in Morado K’asa


This is Jennifer, again. Like I mentioned before, my work in Bolivia involves initiating and leading a club de lectura (reading club) for the kids of Morado K’asa. About 12 kids between the ages of 8 and 15 participated in the club the first day, but the number has now risen above 20. It seems word spreads fast among the kids of the small town!READ MORE

Update from Villa Abecia

IMG_9725After the speeches, music and poetry it was time to go into the library…

 Thursday October 29th, a team of staff and volunteers from BiblioWorks traveled to the library in Villa Abecia where they were met by children, youth, teachers and other members of the community. Everyone was eager to see the new books (139 bought by BiblioWorks and 125 by the municipal government of Villa Abecia) and to take part in a celebration of reading and culture complete with speeches, music and poetry by the educational and municipal authorities as well as students and volunteers.READ MORE

Volunteering in Yamparaez, Bolivia

(This blog post was originally posted by Deirdre Doran on her blog Cat vs Owl. It is reposted with her permission.)

Kristen and I have been in Bolivia for a couple of weeks now. Part of the reason that we came to Bolivia is to volunteer with an organization called Biblioworks. Biblioworks is a nonprofit organization founded by a Peace Corp volunteer who started a library in the rural town of Morado K’asa.  The demand for more such libraries was high so Biblioworks has helped open 12 small, rural libraries to benefit the people of the Bolivian countryside. While we are in Bolivia we will go to three or four of these libraries near Sucre and try to promote literacy through music. The first library we visited was in the town of Yamparaez. We spent five days in this pueblo reading to the children, writing and playing songs together, and being cultural ambassadors for the USA. It was quite first week!

Deirdre 1Bienvenidos a Yamparaez! It is very common to write messages in stones on the dry, rocky hillsides around here. Yamparaez has about 1000 residents and lies around 20km outside of Sucre. Each day was an adventure getting there and back. We even managed one lift in the back of a pickup, which was great until it started to rain…READ MORE

Thanks to Across the Globe Children’s Foundation, Padilla will Read!

Girls from padilla

The small Bolivian town of Padilla (which is actually one of the biggest towns in the Chuquisaca department) is soon going to have its first library.

BiblioWorks, in partnership with Across the Globe Children’s Foundation and in coordination with the school district and municipal government, is setting up a new library in Padilla. This library will serve more than 12,500 people and will support the work of three primary schools, two high schools and a college in the area.READ MORE

A Very Important Role

IMG_8503Two very important members of the BiblioWorks team are Roxana and Silvia. Their role involves working very closely with the libraries which means they spend some of their time in the office and some of their time traveling to visit the libraries for which they are responsible.READ MORE