Pendant la période du 3 au 8 décembre 2018, les gérants des bibliothèques communautaires de Dohoun, Karaba et Boni ont reçu la visite de l’animateur de FAVL Boué Alidou. Ses bibliothèques qui depuis 2015 à 2018 ont observé une baisse d’intensité dans la supervision de leurs activités se maintiennent aussi bien dans leur gestion et fonctionnement. Le moment est venu ; les activités d’animation reprendront pleinement du service. Ainsi, ce mercredi 5 et samedi 8 décembre 2018, il a été reçu par des bibliothécaires pour une prise de contact. Plusieurs point ont été revus et discutées pour leurs mises à jour effectives notamment les outils de gestion, les programmes d’activités mensuelles, le suivi et la récupération des livres en retard et les rapports d’activités. Cette visite a été également une prise contact avec les premiers responsables des écoles et CEG pour échanger sur les impacts positifs de la lecture sur les élèves et les bibliothèques en particuliers. Pour les bibliothécaires, ce retour est la bienvenue pour la suite des activités des bibliothèques.
What is new at FAVL Burkina Faso?
• We have received a generous donation to work with the village of Koho to help start a library to honor the memory of the donor’s beloved godmother, Clarice Weiniger. The mayor of Houndé (the rural commune in which Koho is located) has received our initial proposal and budget estimate. He and his staff, and councilors from the Koho community, will talk with the director of the gold mine that operates near Koho and which is a partner for many village projects. The Rural Council’s budget session was Monday, November 20th. They apparently had some disagreements over general village development policy with the mine, and so development projects are on hold… we have asked them for clarification to move forward with the library.
• We are proceeding to re-open the community library in Ouargaye. The mayor has been unwilling to establish a budget line for a staff person to be the librarian, preferring instead to use a succession of interns, national service personnel, or “volunteers” (often someone from the community who has finished secondaray school and wants some professional work experience, expecting to receive informal cash payments from the office of the mayor). Such a volunteer has now been recruited by the mayor, and will be trained by FAVL-BF staff in the coming months.
• The FAVL-BF staff visited the library of Niankorodougou in the far south of Burkina Faso. Everything was operating normally and the librarian is paid regularly from the mayor’s office. They have started a reading club!
• The FAVL-BF team is continuing conversations with CENALAC, the government library support organisation. CENALAC has been allocated a budget of 500,000 FCFA per library (about $1000) per year for supporting library operations. They are not transparent how they spend those funds, however. We would like the 34 FAVL-supported libraries to become part of that network and be recognized as community libraries by CENALAC. The new director of CENLAC was open to the idea but pessimistic that the government would increase funding.
• The Hounde multimedia center (FAVL-BF local book production unit) has produced a new series authored by Koura Sylvie: Békila va à l’école, Békila fête la fin de la saison pluvieuse, Békila voyage, Le retour de Békila du village, and Békila apprend le lavage des mains. Sylvie also really likes reading the Harry Potter series!
The issue of non functioning fans at the Sherigu library was worked on yesterday Dec 10. Three new fans (AL-RAS fans) were fixed replacing the old ones. Ten louvre blades were fixed with other carpentering works. The librarian, Miss Cecilia Adombila, the library committee, some teachers of the St. Peter and Paul Academy School who were around with some of their pupils who witnessed every single work at the end were very happy and appreciative to FAVL/CESRUD for coming to their aid. The patrons were more particularly happy saying they can now concentrate when learning or reading, no more sweating or suffering from heat when in the library. Together with the librarian, the committee members, the library users we are grateful and thankful to FAVL team for this support.
Nassere library is one of the few in Burkina Faso where the librarian has been made an “agent communal” so he is now a full-fledged employee of the commune. he does a good job promoting the library.
La commune de Rollo située dans la province du Bam a bénéficié d’une bibliothèque communale. Celle-ci est le fruit du financement du projet Béoog Biiga II en partenariat avec Amis des bibliothèques de villages africains/FAVL-BF. Durant quatre ans, la bibliothèque a bénéficié du soutien financier et technique du partenariat BBII-FAVL. La phase II du projet Béoog Biiga a pris fin au mois de septembre 2018. Pour pérenniser cette bibliothèque, le conseil municipal de Rollo dirigé par Djibril TALL a pris ses responsabilités en reversant la gérante de la bibliothèque KINDA Adissatou comme agent communal. Elle bénéficie désormais des avantages des agents communaux. Toute l’équipe de FAVL-BF salue cet engagement et souhaite que les autres communes bénéficiaires emboîtent le même pas que Rollo.
This is what FAVL staff in Burkina Faso do, every day. Telephone communications with librarians. Negotiating, cajoling, partnering, problem-solving, reassuring.
- In Pobé-Mengao, Konfé Amidou is doing well. With the closing of high schools due to terrorist threats, students are rare in the library. Some come to take books for home reading. He avoids regrouping given the insecurity in the area.
- In Tikaré, the the librarian’s work contract has ended since September 2018. The contract has not been renewed. The mayor told the librarian that he would like to negotiate with their French “twin city” partner so that he can take charge of the librarian. For the moment, the librarian does what he can while waiting for the mayor’s feedback.
- In Guibaré, the council has planned a budget line until the end of September 2019. The council intends to negotiate with the primary inspectorate so that it can manage the library. Discouraged, the librarian does the minimum. I encouraged him to do his best so that the council could recognize these abilities. To take a salary that he does not deserve would be to harm the commune.
- In Ziga, the budget line has been retained for the librarian salary. The mayor has promised to engage the librarian in time as a communal agent, but it is only a promise. As for the library, the librarian receives nearly 40 visits by and about 10 books are checked out each day.
- In Béréba, Alidou is planning to meet the mayor of Bereba to see what has happened with their efforts to re-open the Bereba and Dimikuy libraries. The mayor has been dragging his feet, and despite promises of other local government officials, nothing is done, despite the “Friends of Bereba” group in Ouagadougou saying they would pay part of the librarian salary.
Le mardi 4 décembre 2018, une équipe de FAVL-BF composée du Sanou Dounko représentant national et Tiaho François Xavier comptable assistant de programme a visité la bibliothèque Initiative Communautaire Changer la Vie (ICCV) Nazemsé. A notre arrivée aux environs de 11 heures, nous avons été reçus par le staff sur place. Ensuite, nous avons pu visiter toute la bibliothèque en commençant par l’espace pour enfants avec des nattes, celui des adultes avec les différentes étagères et l’espace des études. Comme dans la plupart des bibliothèques au Burkina Faso, celle de ICCV Nazemsé a un fonds documentaire bien varié (livres d’auteurs africains, européens, des manuels scolaires, des albums, des livres pour enfants…). Il est également organisé des séances d’animation de contes, de dessins, de création, du théâtre, de la danse et bien d’autres activités pour attirer les tout-petits à la lecture. Les frais d’abonnement varient entre 100 à 1000 francs CFA par an.
Pour cette première visite de l’équipe de FAVL-BF, un lot de 28 livres produits a été remis à la bibliothèque. Ces livres sont produits par le centre de production de FAVL-BF dénommé Centre Multimédia de Houndé (CMH). Ce geste a pour objectif d’encourager les enfants à aimer la lecture et ainsi favoriser le partenariat entre acteurs de promotion de la lecture au Burkina Faso.
Paul Ayuretoliya writes:
The newly appointed librarian Miss Cecilia Adombila Akansige is doing a good job so far. Since her assumption, she has so far held a number of group readings with patrons, and repaired or sewed some books. She is committed to her duties as a librarian; I am very happy how she quickly picked up after the first week of orientation and is doing such a good work at library. I am impressed with her work during my visit to the Sherigu Library both daily and night sessions.
A photo of Miss Cecilia and of the books she sewed.
This is a report about the end of the month of November meeting held at the Sumbrungu Library on 1st December 2018. The Coordinator who chairs the meeting welcomed everyone to the meeting. The agenda of the meeting centered on the performance of the respective Community Libraries up to date, what have been done well and what need to improve. Each librarian wasgiven the opportunity to say a word on happenings in their respective library for the past months. The Sumbrungu Librarian, Mr. Timothy Apenoore mentioned a number of reading programs, games and visitors received in the library. He said patrons were getting more used to reading than before. He mentioned of a number of books read some of which are: The Lucky One, The Magic Goat, Kente for a King, Do not Keep Quiet, The Cat and Dog Series and many more. He also mentioned the different kind of games and video shows which the children like In his own words, library performance have been good save to say the users’ requests for more subject books and computers. The Sherigu librarian, Miss Cecilia Adombila talked about reading activities that she held for the month of November. Attendance to the library had been good in her words also. She also touched books she read during the month and the mending or repaired of some books. The challenge or problem in the library according to her is the non functioning of all the three fans, six broken louvre blades which cause a lot of dust to books, tables and chairs. She appealed for support to fix such problems. The Gowrie-Kunkua Library also said their library performance had been good. The reading programs such as quiz competition, group reading, individual reading, story telling, games and visits to the library by some parents kept the library patrons visiting always. He ended by also mentioning again that they need fans in the library.
Commenting on all that was said, the chair thanked them for the good work and asked that they continue to discharge their duties well. As librarians the chair told them; we also have a duty to look around and see those people who can help in one way or the other and approach them either through letters or personal contact, we can write to the Assembly men, NGOs and other bodies that can offer any support to promote reading. The chair assured them that their concerns however would be forwarded. We had not meet for quite some time which was a short coming the chair admitted, we will henceforth hold all our end of month meetings. The librarians read their reports loud to the hearing of all, a number of correction were made. A careful look at their reports sent will show this. The chair took the opportunity and introduced the newly appointed Sherigu Librarian to other librarians. She also got to know the other librarians of the other community libraries. They promised to work hand in hand in promoting reading at their respective communities.
Mariam Soulama (à gauche) est la secrétaire générale de la mairie de Niankorodougou. Malgré ses responsabilités, elle passe de temps en temps échanger avec Karidia, la bibliothécaire et l’encourager dans son travail. Le mardi 13 novembre, elle a eu l’occasion d’échanger avec Guy Roland de FAVL en visite de travail à la bibliothèque. Quoi de plus normal pour immortaliser cet instant !
From Paul Ayuretoliya:
I paid a visit today (December 4) to the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library. Patrons who came from the Kunkua primary and Junior High School read with me and the librarian the story of the Crocodile Bread, Teen Princess, and All about Ama. Some parents were also at the library to read with us. I took the opportunity to talk to the pupils/students the need to always make time and attend the library to read books. The pupils were happy to be part of today’s daily sessions at the library. They requested for more subject books some of which includes Science, I.C.T, and Basic Design Technology. We had good time reading together.
Kadi vient de temps en temps à la bibliothèque communale de Niankorodougou pour découvrir de nouvelles choses. Aujourd’hui, elle a découvert le livre photo intitulé Le petit trompeur de Dimikuy de Ezequiel Olvera et s’identifie déjà au petit personnage de ce livre adapté à son âge.
This is a summary of the librarians report for November 2018. Library’s attendance during November per the librarian’s reports has been very good and encouraging. Overall 4,277 visits were recorded to the three libraries in November.
At the Sumbrungu Library, reading and /or learning activities have been good both daily and night sessions. Group reading and discussions of story books, time to share with games were the dominant activities. The newly AMO games that were brought by Biblionef Ghana and Biblionef International brought more joy and fun to the library users. Some of the double track system students who are currently on vacations and the regular patrons are making good use of the respective libraries especially during the evening sessions; they visit the libraries to read their notes, story books and share ideas. The daily session is mostly dominated by basic pupils.
At the Sherigu library for the month, the new librarian reports that patronage has been very encouraging with lots of reading activities, she also touch on something I met her doing during one of my usual visits which is worthy of commendation, she bought treads and sewed most the books that their pages were removing, it was such a great work by Miss Cecilia right after her official assumption of duty and then also her efforts in retrieving two missing books from the library. She touched on some story books read by her some of which includes; The Teen Princess, Shoeshine Girl, the Regret of the Drunkard among others during the month. The major problem in the library is still the non-functioning of fans.
At the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, lots of reading activities with games and cleanup exercises were the activities of the month. Major problem is still the need for fans in the library.