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Aug 19, 2019

"Read us in the experience" by Mobile Libraries


These last months have been busy for Mobile Libraries, books and the pink suitcase have been continue their route to rural areas!

On May, our Mobile Libraries Project was invited by the Public Library System of Medellin to join their annual Encuentro de Bibliotecas Populares y Comunitarias, it was great to explain to our Columbian friends about our this emblematic project and the way how we keep going on libraries promotion in rural areas.

During these months, children keep their enthusiasm for books, they read Willy's books by Anthony Browne, like "Willy the Wimp", "Willy the Champ", "Willy the Wizard", each kid step by step drew their own Chimp, and the called it by different adjectives such as "Willy el Guapo" (Willy the Handsome) or "Willy el mono" (Willy the Chimp) Really fun activities!

On July, we colaborated with  "Bosque de Colores", in the city of Guayaquil, Cuentos en la Plaza brought literacy to children to this annual festival, it was leading by the local community from La Padrera III Neighborhood, it was our pleasure to be there!

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Aug 15, 2019

Reading, our way to promote art

The end of May was a busy, joyful and colorful month that welcomed an art Festival called Festi’artes (2nd edition – focused on the connection with the Pachamama). It was organized by the collective Alegrate Puerto Lopez and more than 165 artists attended to this event. The Children from Clara Luna and the community were both, actors and participants to the event. On the first day for the parade, children walked dressed as their favorite book character and they showed banners to share their love of reading.

Then, in the Pabellon infantil, ( they could enjoy activities about reading and different workshops such as one with Santiago Gonzalez, who is a famous Ecuadorian illustrator that presented one of his characters called « Luciano el Gusano ».

With the teenager groups, we also started a library activity. The idea is to lend the long-term reading books we have and this group of about 8 youths from 12 to 15 will be in charge of running this concept. For now, we registered the books we have, created a membership card and we are thinking of the different rules. Implementing our programs inside the community is something very important for us.

We keep on going to the school of Rio Blanco, a small community 20 minutes far from Clara Luna. This month we focused on whales and see life as the « Humpback Whales season » started in Puerto Lopez. Indeed, they chose this place to give birth and from June to September you can see them jumping majestically not far from the beach. We worked on the book, « More, More, more » from dawn Casey, and the kids draw their own whale, working with different textures (crayons, painting…) and different types of blue. It is amazing how you can see 20 different drawings with cute differences, even though all the drawings were inspired by the same book. Children’s imagination is limitless!

Jun 20, 2019

Clubs and camp continue to motivate the children .

In March we were visited by a second group of volunteers from the Solidarite Sud that helped initiate the Month of the Woman. International Woman's day was celebrated on March 8th by reading stories of accomplished women in history ranging in scope from the artist Frida Kahlo , the American computer pioneer Grace Hopper and botanist Barbara McClintock, who studied human genes. Maria Sibylla Merian a 17th century German woman who observed and classified the metamorphosis of insects was also featured. A craft activity followed her biographic reading that explained the change from caterpillar to butterfly.

We also read "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" by Road Dalh and presented a puppet show adapted from the book.

In April we held an overnight camp for the children at a retreat facility in the neighboring community of Salango. In collaboration with two other local organizations, Casa Buho and Crisfe about forty children spent a few days participating in a GLOW-BRO Camp.( Girls Leading Our World – Boys Respecting Others). The campers explored many aspects of their approaching adolescence such as the physical and emotional changes they may experience. The camp gave the participants an opportunity to bond with others outside their immediate family. For most them it was the first time they spent nights away from home. Volunteers Pauline ,Walter ,Sarah ,Ed ,Lobo, Lily and Trish  lead and participated in workshops that covered subjects from bullying to anatomy.

For April's Book of Month we read "A Child of Books" by Oliver Jeffers in our twice weekly Children's Club then each child wrote their own book explaining their life story.The next week we read "The Incredible Boy eating books" the story of Enrique, a boy who loved books and ate them to absorb their knowledge .

 In May we continued our outreach to the small village of Rio Blanco bringing stories and activities to their one room school. We read a story about a caterpillar’s changing  and made paper butterflies as the activity.

Club de Ninos made posters and marched in costumes during the opening parade of the second annual Festi Arte of Puerto Lopez. Clara Luna was represented by a book tent where all children could sit on mats and read or be read to during the three day weekend. The children partook in classes on illustration, water coloring and chalk drawing. It was a very productive time at Clara Luna.

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