Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Friends of African Village Libraries is committed to long-term management of and support for small community libraries in rural Africa. Our goal is to establish long-term relationships with community libraries, rather than provide an initial donation and move on to another village. We believe that every child and adult should have the opportunity to pick up a book and read, so we are dedicated to increasing access to reading material and other information in rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mar 20, 2013

Camp Organization is Underway!

Proud winner of Word BINGO at Sara Village Library
Proud winner of Word BINGO at Sara Village Library

We're in the organizational stages of this year's reading camps, which begin at the end of July and continue through September. We've decided to continue with the hygiene theme, since last year's facilitators commented on the positive impact of teaching kids about hand washing and oral hygiene. Thus, the books that will be used will concentrate on promoting hygiene and reading and artistic activities will also focus on this theme. With donations from GlobalGiving, we will be able to purchase books, 2 nutritious daily meals for each camper, t-shirts, toothbrushes and toothpaste and soap for each library's hand washing station. With help from generous donors, we hope to be able to invite 25 kids to each of our 12 libraries in Burkina Faso for one week to work on their reading skills and increase their capacity for academic success!

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Jan 11, 2013

12 New Aya Books Purchased and More on Their Way!

New Books
New Books

With funds that generous donors gave to FAVL via GlobalGiving, we have enough money to buy 25 copies (2 copies per library in Burkina) of books in the Aya series at the local bookstore. So we purchased three copies each of Aya #1, Aya #2, Aya #3 and Aya #4 for a total of 12 books. Since the bookstore was a little short on copies (they are very popular books and rarely stay in stock long!), we placed an order for 9 more copies of #1, 4 copies of #2 and 2 copies of #3. When that order comes in, each library will have a copy of the first three books in the series and we’ll be halfway to our goal for getting the whole series in each library! We’ve told the librarians to make sure that when they receive their new Aya books, to leave them in the library so all the patrons can enjoy them before they get checked out. Kids get so excited to see the new books on the shelves, so we’re going to make sure to send out these new copies right away.

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Oct 17, 2012

More Aya Books Ordered

Aya books provide strong female role models
Aya books provide strong female role models

With the recent donations that we've gotten from the Global Giving website, FAVL has enough funds to purchase 12 more copies of books in the Aya de Yopougon series. Unfortunately, the local bookstore was short on copies. So we ordered 12 copies of the first in the series, which none of the libraries currently has. The books will come into the bookstore at the end of October, and then we will be able to send one book to each of the libraries in Burkina. We will then ask each librarian to keep the book in the library for at least a month before they allow patrons to check them out. Hopefully, by this time everyone in the community will have had time to see the book and be able to page through it at the library before everyone goes crazy checking it out!

As we've said in previous reports, the Aya series is extremely popular at the village libraries. It is rare to find a book, especially a graphic novel, that is written by an African and accurately depicts daily life. Readers easily relate to the characters and dialogue because the situations and slang are familiar to them.

Kids reading the books at one of the libraries
Kids reading the books at one of the libraries

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