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Apr 1, 2019

Penelope Book Mobile continues to visit school

With book in front of BMP
With book in front of BMP

The mobile library continues to visit schools in the town of Kaya three times a week.

Here is a translation of the short report by Ouédraogo Bernard, the BMP operator (and also librarian of Pissila), for his recent outing:

Activity report of the mobile library of 27 March 2019 at the communal school C. On March 27, 2019, the BMP was at the Communal school C at 9:20 am. About thirty students participated in the activities of the day. Among the activities carried out was individual reading which always the flagship activity because the principal objective of the mobile library is to give had time to read the book that pleased him or herself. We then read together Fatou Keita's Le boubou du Père Noël. In addition, we organized a game of hopscotch. This part also pleased children. They found this hopscotch more useful because in addition to distraction there is instruction in counting and basic arithmetic. In addition, the children were interested in the puzzles that are part of their favorite games. Overall, can say that the output went very well, and ended around noon.

FAVL continues to support 34 libraries in Burkina Faso, 3 in northern Ghana, and the Kitengesa Community Library in Uganda.

Individual reading
Individual reading
Hopscotch - marelle
Hopscotch - marelle
Puzzles and Fatou Keita Pere Noel
Puzzles and Fatou Keita Pere Noel

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Feb 25, 2019

Two new books by young authors in Hounde, Burkina

The tricky rabbit is a staple of folk tales
The tricky rabbit is a staple of folk tales

This month the Houndé multimedia center (CMH) finished editing and will distribute two new books authored by young women from Houndé. La ruse de Sonsonni le lièvre  is by Tuina Sarah, a 10th grader in Lycée Provincial de Boromo, and Le prince et la fille laide by Fofana Adjaratou a high school senior in the Lycée Municipal de Houndé.  Both books are illustrated by Bazoun Robert, who works in the school district.

These CMH books are distributed in all FAVL supported libraries. The hope is that by promoting short books written by young women, more young women will be inspired to continue their schooling and aspire to professional accomplishment. The young women also get exposure to using computers in the multimedia center.

The animals dig a well but the rabbit won
The animals dig a well but the rabbit won't help!
The prince and the ugly girl is about being proud
The prince and the ugly girl is about being proud
A magic mermaid is always fun to draw!
A magic mermaid is always fun to draw!
Members of Ouaga Savance Rotary club visit CMH
Members of Ouaga Savance Rotary club visit CMH
CMH books are in every FAVL-supported library
CMH books are in every FAVL-supported library
Feb 25, 2019

Mobile library 'Penelope mobile' doing great!

Students reading by mobile library
Students reading by mobile library

The mobile library (Bibliothèque Mobile Pénélope, or BMP) started operating about one year ago, and regularly visits schools and public places in the town of Kaya. A typical outing lasts about 2 hours and involves 20-30 young readers. Mats are spread on the ground, kids have access to books to read, and the librarian organizes games.

The ongoing costs for the library are fairly modest: the librarian (also half time librarian in neighboring village of Pissila) receives a stipend of $8 (4,000 FCFA) per outing, that covers the cost of his transport to Kaya and return, and his time during the activity of the day. (Note, after subtracting his costs and the time, this is about $10 per day, for an equivalent annual salary of about $3,000, so it is very modest). The motorcycle library also needs regular maintenance, oil changes, gas, and we pay a small hotel 7500 CFA a month for parking the library in the hotel courtyard that has a security guard.

The FAVL team in Burkina Faso is working on more formal outreach to schools and the mayor's office to develop greater local support for the mobile library.

Access to quality books is limited
Access to quality books is limited
Graphic novels (BD) are favorites
Graphic novels (BD) are favorites
The BMP librarian also organizes games
The BMP librarian also organizes games
The mobile library needs regular maintenance
The mobile library needs regular maintenance
 
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