AYA Afrika foundation Prof. Nene Kwasi Kafele visits the Sumbrungu Community Library

CESRUD library coordinator Paul Ayutoliya writes:

On 31st October 2018, the director of AYA Afrika foundation Prof. Nene Kwasi Kafele with three others paid a visit to the Sumbrungu Community Library. Their visit was to interact with those students/pupils they supported Cesrud with funds to organize a one month after school reading program early last year (2017), the impact of the reading program. They were impressed from their interactions with the pupils, the way the pupils answered questions and asked questions. The director Prof. Nene in a jovial way described one table as the “hot” table because there were always questions and answers coming from that particular table all the time and every moment. Prof. Nene asked the pupils what they would like to become inthe future? Some said doctors so that they can save lives, some teachers, some engineers, some pilots, Prof. encouraged them and admonished the pupils to erase the mentality of “this subject is difficult” and study hard and they would  make it. He further advised pupils to always seek information that will help them realize their dreams in future.  Madam Carolann Wright, director of Business &Labour Development, African Nova Scotia presented two books title; Africaville by Shauntay Grant and Basket of Black Nova Scotia by Joleen Gordon to the Sumbrungu Community library. I thanked them on behalf of Cesrud/FAVL and the pupils for their visit and donations of the books before their departure.

Participation de FAVL-BF à la rentrée littéraire de la SAGES au #Burkina

Ce vendredi 9 octobre 2018, a été marquée par l’ouverture de la 7eme édition de la rentrée littéraire de la Société des Auteurs des Gens de l’Ecrits des Savoirs (SAGES), sous le thème : Contribution de l’écrivain et de l’intellectuel à la lutte contre le radicalisme et l’extrémisme violent.  FAVL-BF, en tant partenaire de la SAGES a pris part en répondant à l’invitation. A l’issu de la cérémonie des exemplaire du bulletin d’information Echo des bibliothèques ont été distribués aux participants. Bravo au Ministre de la sécurité qui a acception d’être le parrain et vive l’écrivain.

Rencontre avec les membres de l’ADDB ressortissants de Béréba avec FAVL #Burkina

Sanou Dounko écrit:

Dans la soirée du dimanche 4 novembre 2018, j’ai participé à la rencontre des membres de l’association des ressortissants de la commune de Béréba. J’ai saisi cette opportunité leur présenter FAVL-BF et ses missions. Ensuite, je leur ai fait l’historique des bibliothèques de Béréba et Dimikuy. Je leurs aussi donné les informations à la résolution des difficultés que nous vivons avec le maire depuis plus de 3 ans. Ils ont d’abord apprécié l’initiative des bibliothèques au profit des populations ensuite les anecdotes de succès des utilisateurs. Pour eux, ces bibliothèques ont une grande importance pour le système éducatif des enfants et ne en aucun cas devraient être refermer. Ils ont posé des questions pour mieux comprendre les raisons pour lesquelles la commune ne s’intéresse pas à leur fonctionnement ou bien prévoir une ligne dans le budget communal. Je leur ai fait le point de nos échanges avec le maire et son staff. Ils m’ont promis d’approcher le maire et son staff pour le convaincre ensuite, voir quelle pourrait être lettre contribution pour la réouverture des deux bibliothèques. Aussi, ils souhaiteraient que la mairie fasse en sorte qu’il ait des bibliothèques dans la zone de Ouakuy, Popioho et Maro. Avant lever la séance, un rendez durant ce mois de novembre a été pris pour la première rencontre entre une équipe des membres et le maire.

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Learning to read, what is the right way to teach in early childhood?

From Emily Hanford at The New York Times:

How do we know that a big part of the problem is how children are being taught? Because reading researchers have done studies in classrooms and clinics, and they’ve shown over and over that virtually all kids can learn to read — if they’re taught with approaches that use what scientists have discovered about how the brain does the work of reading. But many teachers don’t know this science. What have scientists figured out? First of all, while learning to talk is a natural process that occurs when children are surrounded by spoken language, learning to read is not. To become readers, kids need to learn how the words they know how to say connect to print on the page. They need explicit, systematic phonics instruction. There are hundreds of studies that back this up.

What did libraries mean to some leading contemporary American authors?

What did libraries mean to some leading contemporary authors? Read the wonderful reflections published by The New York Times.

Compared to the libraries I usually train in, Medgar Evers is bare, but the prominently displayed books there are written by black authors. There is a small section in the library focused on the work of Langston Hughes. Mama thinks I’ve read every word of the books she assigns. The truth is that I’ve never read any book cover to cover except “Anansi the Spider.” Today, while I spread out on the floor next to the Highlight magazines, I read a book called “Langston Hughes: Poet of His People” cover to cover.  For the first time in my life, I am not rushing to turn a page. I reread passages I don’t understand. I reread passages I understand far too well. I check the book out so I can reread it when I get home. Mama asks what I read when I get in the car. “Something that makes me good,” I tell her. “Something that makes me feel good.”  Kiese Laymon, “Heavy: An American Memoir”

HT: Penelope

Interview with Susan Orlean about her new book, The Library Book.

Interview with Susan Orlean about her new book, The Library Book.

My mom actually passed away before I finished the book, which made my recollection of our memories of us going to the library together that much more poignant for me. And it also felt very urgent, because I just really wanted to remember that time. It really was one of the sweetest memories of being young and taking that trip to the library. It just felt like everything was perfect. One of the reasons, which I realize now that I have a kid, is that unlike taking him to a store where he wanted this and he wanted that and I said “no, you can only have one” and “that one’s too expensive.” It’s a bit fraught. Going to the library is like falling into a gigantic treasure box. You can have anything and everything. For a kid it’s just unimaginable. Yes, you can have everything. Take whatever you want. We can have it. I loved it.

HT: Penelope

Interesting blog post about diversity and reading in the United States

Interesting blog post about diversity and reading in the United States. Read full post here.

Last night, PBS announced the winner of their Great American Read, a poll to determine “America’s Favorite Novel.” The winner was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a story about racial tolerance that received 242,275 votes from a total of nearly 4.3 million cast. According to PBS, the top 100 books were chosen by using the public opinion polling service “YouGov” to conduct “a demographically and statistically representative survey asking Americans to name their most-loved novel.” Once the Top 100 list was established, voting was opened to everyone to determine the winner and rankings of all 100 titles. Given our focus on diversity and inclusion, we wondered how representative the list looked when compared to America’s demographics. Were authors of color represented? How did their books fare in the poll? The results are a bit disheartening, if not surprising:

  • One series by an author of color made it into the Top 10 (Outlander series)
  • Three books by authors of color (Outlander series, The Joy Luck Club and The Color Purple) made it onto the Top 50
  • Only 19 books by authors of color made it onto the Top 100

With poll-based lists like this one, it’s easy to swipe aside critiques about a lack of diversity by saying, “You can’t make people choose a book as their favorite!”

Thanks Penelope for the link!

Encore plus sur la visite aux autorités communales de Ouargaye

Sanou DOunko écrit:

Jeudi 26 octobre 2018, nous avons effectué une mission de visite et d’échanges avec les premières autorités de la mairie de Ouargaye. Nous avons été accueillis par Bega Yacouba premier adjoint au maire. Nous avons par la suite, en présence du maire Sidéwata Zombré, passé en revue nos préoccupations en ce qui concerne la réouverture de la bibliothèque et les frais de motivation du gérant de ladite bibliothèque. Nous fûmes heureux à la sortie des échanges parce que le maire s’est engagé à trouver une volontaire capable de lire et écrire qui assumera le rôle de gérant de la bibliothèque. Cette volontaire ouvrira la bibliothèque deux jours dans la semaine. Aussi, nous lui avons traduit notre soutien permanemment à œuvrer au côté du conseil municipal pour la bonne marche de la bibliothèque aux profits des lecteurs en général et des élèves en particulier. Avant de quitter Ouargaye, nous avons visité la bibliothèque qui, en dehors des herbes dans la cour, les livres sont en bon état.

Visite a Ouargaye au #Burkina pour réouvrir la bibliothèque

Une équipe de FAVL vient de retourner d’une visite a Ouargaye. La bibliotheque a été ferme depuis le départ du bibliothécaire dont le contrat de service nationale avait pris fin. L’équipe voulait voir comment réouvrir la bibliotheque. Ils on eu une rencontre avec le mairie et son deuxième adjoint qui était prometteuse. Ensemble, il a été convenu de trouver volontaire du village qui s’est lire et écrire, accueillante et disponible. Elle ouvrira la bibliothèque deux fois dans la semaine : les mercredi et samedi. le maire devrait s’exécuter dans deux semaines et FAVL versera la somme de 200 000 F CFA comme promis en 2017 lors de la signature de l’avenant à la convention.

Fabrication de la crème de neem à la bibliothèque de Niankorodougou au #Burkina

Des élèves du primaire et du collège assistent et participent activement à l’activité de fabrication  de la crème de Neem à la bibliothèque de Niankorodougou : une crème qui servira à se protéger contre les piqûres de moustiques en cette période de paludisme. La crème sera partagée à chacun des élèves pour utilisation. Merci à Ouattara Karidia la bibliothécaire engagée pour cette initiative salutaire.

Faire un poster à la bibliothèque de Niankorodougou au #Burkina

PosterFatim n’est pas encore inscrite à l’école mais elle ne passe pas une journée sans venir à la bibliothèque communale de Niankorodougou une fois ouverte. Aujourd’hui elle a assisté à la réalisation du poster pour l’activité du conte le mercredi. Elle a taillé tous les crayons de couleur qui ont servi à colorier le dessin. Fatim est fière de ce nouveau poster.

Discussion à la bibliothèque de Niankorodougou

Des filles de la classe de 5ème et 4ème échangent sur les livres du CMH écrits par des élèves de leur âge. « L’histoire de Pénélope » et « Un retour difficile au village » ont été le centre d’intérêt  de ces collégiennes qui comprennent que la plupart des écrivains ont d’abord été de grands lecteurs.

Lecture-discussion

Séance de contes à la bibliothèque de Niankorodougou au #Burkina

Les élèves du primaire de l’école Niankorodougou « B » assistent avec attention  à une séance de contes à la bibliothèque. Animée par la bibliothécaire Ouattara Karidia, le conte intitulé « Les 8 filles et Bouki-l’hyène » revient sur le vilain défaut que représente la gourmandise qui mène à la perdition. Quant au conte « A la recherche de la brebis du roi », il donne comme morale que la patience est un chemin d’or et qu’il faut toujours réfléchir avant d’agir. Les enfants se sont essayés eux-aussi à conter quelques histoires à leurs camarades.

Update from visits to three libraries in Upper East, Ghana

From Paul Ayutoliya, FAVL/CESRUD library coordinator:

IMG_20180926_124103 smThis is a brief report on happenings in the three community libraries. Attendance at the three libraries has been good. Major activities that characterized this month include individual reading of story books, group reading, riddles and games with story time. Effective daily patronages to the libraries are usually recorded in the Sumbrungu and Sherigu libraries, this is mainly due to the fact that these libraries are been surrounded by basic schools unlike the Gowrie-that has it’s basic schools distant from the library, so many a times it is the night sessions that patrons do come in their good numbers. At the Sumbrungu Library, patrons read story books in groups with the librarians and also had good riddle time with coordinator, during the night a good number of patrons come to study their notes taking from school, some copy notes from others whiles other also do their assignment work. Other also come to read story books individually. The patronage is increasing every day and we are doing all we need to do to make reading and learning continue to be very good.

The story is also the same at the Sherigu Library save that the night sessions attendance there is not as many as Sumbrungu. Over the week I paid a visit to the the library, it was Wednesday the 26th of September, the pupils of St. Peter and Paul Academy were in the library in their good numbers. With the assistance of the librarian and one teacher who came from class with some pupils, we divided the pupils in three different groups. One group read the story of Peter’s Wish with me. Another group read with the teacher Chidi likes only Blue and the last or third group read Diana, the hairdresser learns to read, one of the Literacy Changed my Life series with the librarian. We spend good time in our group readings answering and asking questions at the end of the reading. At the close of day everyone were happy.

The Gowrie library also have almost the same story of the library usage save that their attendance is mostly during the evening sessions. We today visited the library during the daily session and caught up with Mr. Akolgo Anaba who’s nicknamed ‘Americana’ Americana who is an adult told me he wants to read some of the story books with me in the library. So in the library I read with him the Crocodile Bread and The lucky one story books. It was a very very interesting encounter I have with this man. Americana once in a while as I read with him will talk about how he knows Accra especially when I mentioned Nima Mamoobi in the story of the Lucky One he exclaimed is in Accra! In the story of the Crocodile bread, Americana tried explaining to me with his broken English good and bad bread. To him bread with a lot sugar is not good especially when you taking it with tea that sugar is added reason being it can you sickness and so he prefer a bread without sugar. This and other fun discussion made our day. To conclude the community libraries are performing great and we are hopeful for more good performances.