Bring 15 Fatou Keita Books to 13 Village Libraries

 
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Reading children's books in Karaba library 2015

FAVL has purchased approximtely $700 worth of children's books for libraries in Burkina Faso thanks to generous donations. See earlier reports for receipts and updates.

The balance for this project currently is only $20.  We are awaiting further funding to move ahead.  

Meanwhile, FAVL activities continue in Burkina Faso, with a large project called Beoog Biiga II to establish 20 community libraries in northern Burkina Faso, funded by USDA in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services.  The libraries are scheduled to open by the end of 2015, and Fatou Keita books will be prominently displayed in the libraries.  They are exactly what kids want to read.  The budget for the Beoog Biiga II project is sufficient for Fatou Keita books in every one of the new 20 libraries.  But kids in the other 13 libraries supported by FAVL would still like to see even more Fatou Keita books, so we want to encourage you to donate to this project!

Fatou Keita books
Fatou Keita books
Dounko got to meet Fatou Keita in CI- on the right
Dounko got to meet Fatou Keita in CI- on the right
Reading Fatou Keita in Ouargaye
Reading Fatou Keita in Ouargaye

As we mentioned in our last project report, FAVL staff used your generous contributions to purchase 80 Fatou Keita books in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in late July, in time for FAVL's summer reading camps and for our other youth patrons to have access to the series over summer vacation. (Please see the October 2014 report for library allocation spreadsheet and purchase receipt.) FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, brought back 6 books apiece for each of the 7 libraries in Tuy province, as well as FAVL's libraries in northern Burkina Faso (Ouargaye, Béléhédé, Pobé-Mengao, Bougounam and Kiembara).

In keeping with our project goal of providing access to African-authored books to our library patrons, Dounko Sanou, FAVL's Burkina Faso representative, last week distributed another $150 worth of African authored children's books, with a heavy emphasis on the Fatou Keita series, to the libraries in the southwest of Burkina Faso.  (See FAVL blog link below.) 

As our ongoing donors know well, Fatou Keita is the Ivoirian author of a wildly popular series of children's picture books. Her titles include Le Retour de la Voleuse des SouriresLe Coq Qui Ne Voulait Plus ChanterSinabani, La Petite Dernière, and Le Boubou du Père Noël. The stories are set in familiar rural African village settings and reflect the readers' daily life experiences.  Each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text, perfect for the young or emergent reader. Even younger pre-literate children enjoy turning the pages of Fatou Keita's books and marveling at the lively illustrations.

The over 100 new books purchased with the monies raised by this project are being much enjoyed by children visiting FAVL's libraries, and librarians often feature the volumes during storytime!

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Fatou Keita books purchased
Fatou Keita books purchased

FAVL's Burkina staff used your generous contributions to purchase 80 Fatou Keita books at a local Ouagadougou bookstore in late July (receipt above). That's 6 new books for each village library in Burkina Faso! (See attached spreadsheet.) FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, brought back books to distribute to the 7 libraries in Tuy province, as well as FAVL's libraries in northern Burkina Faso (Ouargaye, Béléhédé, Pobé-Mengao, Bougounam and Kiembara).  It was wonderful to have new, colorful, and appealing books over the Burkinabé summer vacation.  The Fatou Keita books saw heavy use at the summer reading camps held at our village libraries in Béréba, Kiembara, Niankorodougou, and Pobé-Mengao. The children were thrilled to have the new books.

Fatou Keita is the Ivoirian author of a wildly popular series of children's picture books. Her titles include Le Retour de la Voleuse des SouriresLe Coq Qui Ne Voulait Plus ChanterSinabani, La Petite Dernière, and Le Boubou du Père Noël. The stories are set in familiar African settings, and each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text. The books are adapted to and reflect the lived experience of African village life, and are written at the primary school reading level to encourage emerging readers. Even younger children who can't yet read enjoy turning the pages of the books and marveling at the illustrations.

The 80 new books are being much enjoyed by children visiting FAVL's libraries, and librarians often feature the volumes during storytime!

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Kids Reading Fatou Keita Books at Bereba Library
Kids Reading Fatou Keita Books at Bereba Library

We now have enough money to buy about 80 Fatou Keita books at bookstores here in Ouaga. That's 6 new books per village library in Burkina Faso! When FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, is in Ouaga next week, we're going to purchase the books and he's going to bring him back books to distribute to the 7 libraries in his region. Now that it's summer vacation, we're excited to have some new and colorful books. We're also holding summer reading camps at some of the libraries, so the kids will be glad to see the new books.

As I've said before, "Fatou Keita" books are children's picture books written by Ivorian author, Fatou Keita. Titles include La Voleuse des Sourires, Le Coq Qui Ne Voulait Plus Chanter, Sinabani, La Petite Dernière, Le Billet de 10000 F. The stories are set in familiar African settings, and each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text. The books are really adapted to African life and the primary school reading level. Even younger children who can't yet read enjoy flipping through them and marveling at the illustrations.

The 80 new books will be very much enjoyed by children visiting the libraries, and librarians looking for new books to feature during storytime!

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Meeting with Fatou Keita at Annual Ouaga Book Fair
Meeting with Fatou Keita at Annual Ouaga Book Fair

Generous donations here on GlobalGiving will allow us to purchase 70 Fatou Keïta books for 13 village libraries in Burkina Faso. That means that each library will get at least 5 new colorful and culturally relevant picture books. We will be purchasing the books locally and distributing them to the libraries in the coming weeks.

Books by Ivorian author, Fatou Keïta, are great for elementary school-aged children who live in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Each page features a few sentences of developmentally appropriate French as well as a large colorful image that goes along with it. The characters and situations are taken right from village life, so kids want to read more because they relate easily to the characters and situations. Seeing characters like them in books encourages kids to read more and developing important reading skills which are essential to academic success.

We're excited to purchase the 70 new Fatou Keïta books in the next couple of weeks and distribute them to village libraries here in Burkina. We know the kids are excited to read them and will be thrilled to see more copies of their favorite books at the community library.

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