Stories in the Plaza

IMG_7743Friday afternoons, Roxana and Silvia from BiblioWorks share stories with children in Sucre’s central square (Plaza 25 de mayo). Many of these children work in the plaza shining shoes and selling various small items.READ MORE

A story from Presto

IMG_1854The bus had trundled slowly from Sucre, providing us with panoramic views of the Andes which emerge stoically from the ground and extend further than the distant horizon. We were approaching Presto, and our visitors from the States who were accompanying us to the town to see the work that we do were continuing to ask about the town, its population, but more importantly, what exactly our volunteer was doing there in the library.READ MORE

Which book would you share with a Bolivian child?

Which book would you share with a Bolivian child, if you had the chance?

We’ve been thinking about this question as we prepare for our Fourth Annual Festival of Reading here in Sucre this April. We’re busy organizing all of the books and resources that we’re going to use when we bring reading alive to the thousands of children and families on Saturday the 25th of April.

We’d love it if you could get involved with our campaign and share with our Facebook page and Twitter a picture of you reading the book you would love to share with a Bolivian child. We’ve put together a few of our favorites at the bottom of this email but would love to see YOURS.READ MORE

How BiblioWorks is opening up new worlds to children in our fight against poverty

Morado K'asa 050 (Large) (Custom)What was the first book that you ever read? Do you remember the glossiness of the page beneath your fingertips as you grasped expectantly, desperate to turn it and burrow further into the new world of adventure that was opening up beneath your eyes?

Unfortunately, for many children across the globe, this milestone of childhood is yet a distant dream. Low levels of literacy, poor schooling and the astronomical cost of buying books prevents many children from discovering the delights and possibilities of reading.READ MORE

Goodbyes and hellos to volunteers old and new!

Our breakfast leaving party for Chantal and Francine

Our breakfast leaving party for Chantal and Francine

It was with sadness that we said goodbye to our wonderful Swiss volunteers, Chantal and Francine, who have worked tirelessly in our library in Papa Aceintuno for the past five weeks. The girls have managed to establish a fantastic attendance rate for their reading club in the library with over twenty children attending their three sessions a week. The girls have achieved fantastic success with the children of Papa Aceintuno through a mixture of enthusiasm and a variety of activities to engage them, including encouraging reading through group activities, Spanish vocabulary learning games using flash cards, and group play.READ MORE

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