So far, the Mobile Library project has received $112 dollars. Thanks to our generous donors, we will be able to buy 20 picture books for children and novels for adults for the mobile library. The books will be very much appreciated by the residents of villages where they do not have regular access to reading materials. Once we buy the books, we will be able to transport them by bicycle to certain villages, but we still need more funds to be able to buy the motorbike and pay the salary of a driver. The motorbike, which has a cart attached to the back, will facilitate the task of traveling long distances over various types of terrain and delivering books to more remote villages. We look forward to beginning the project, and thank our generous donors for their help in providing reading materials to those who do not have regular access.
With the generous donations that we received from Regional Bonus Day, we will be able to purchase 42 new Fatou Keïta books. That means 3 new books for each village library! The books are the most popular in each of the libraries for elementary school kids. Even those who can't read yet love to look at their beautiful and colorful illustrations. Librarians often use them for story hours at their libraries and FAVL’s annual summer reading camps. We will purchase the new books at the beginning of the year. The kids who use the village libraries will be excited to get ahold of the new books and start reading them!
Thanks to our ever-generous donors, we've been able to get all 6 Aya books in all 12 of village libraries in Burkina. We were even able to get some extras (a second copy of 1 book in the series for each of the libraries) because the price of the books decreased since we started the project. In total, we were able to purchase 81 Aya books. Aya books are popular in village libraries because they include characters and situations that are familiar to their everyday lives, in contrast to a lot of literature that comes from France or other countries that are not familiar to community members.
Using the Aya books, librarians have organized group discussions, theater productions and other activities to begin dialogue about certain issues that are addressed in the series, including girls' education, teen pregnancy and alcoholism, discussions which are often easier to begin when the medium of a book or story is involved. Using a new technology called Frontline SMS, we were able to send out mass text messages to librarians to more easily keep track of which Aya books they'd already received, encourage librarians to promote the books in their villages and send out ideas for activities that librarians could organize. The books have been incredibly beneficial to the village libraries as well as their communities as a whole.
Look for more FAVL projects coming soon to GlobalGiving to help us get other book series in Burkina village Libraries.