Aug 3, 2020

Mobile library has restarted operations in Hounde

Readers at Ecole A in Hounde, July 2020
Readers at Ecole A in Hounde, July 2020

Libraries and most other public activities in Burkina Faso were closed due to COVID19, in late March 2020. The government in July decided to start reopening, and the office of the mayor of Houndé decided to permit activities to resume. Officially, the pandemic has largely spared Burkina Faso, with only a few thousand cases, total, as of late July. It is impossible to know at present how accurate the official case tallies are.

FAVL-Burkina Faso, in consultation with local authorities, decided to reopen activities in mid-July. Schools remains closed until October. The mobile library first outing was a "practice" run to several schools to let students and teachers in the area know that the mobile library would resume regular visits. In each schools a few children and some teachers were present. In the second week of activity, more students were present.

The mobile library was "re-supplied" with about 60 books for use by young readers. Thanks for your support for the mobile library over the years!

Readers at Ecole B, Hounde, July 2020
Readers at Ecole B, Hounde, July 2020
Reading in the mobile library, July 2020
Reading in the mobile library, July 2020
Aug 3, 2020

Hounde multimedia center restarts for training

Mentoring for writing a book, Boni library July 20
Mentoring for writing a book, Boni library July 20

Libraries and most other public activities in Burkina Faso were closed due to COVID19, in late March 2020. The government in July decided to start reopening, and the office of the mayor of Houndé decided to permit activities to resume. Officially, the pandemic has largely spared Burkina Faso, with only a few thousand cases, total, as of late July. It is impossible to know at present how accurate the official case tallies are.

FAVL-Burkina Faso, in consultation with local authorities, decided to reopen activities of the multi-media center in Houndé (CMH) in mid-July. Schools remains closed until October. The CMH hosted some small afternoon workshops for young women interested in producing books, and also distributed books to several libraries in northern Burkina Faso, urging readers (and especially young women) to write their own books.

Thanks for your support for the mobile library over the years!

Another mentoring session for writing books, July
Another mentoring session for writing books, July
Librarians in n. Burkina Faso with CMH books
Librarians in n. Burkina Faso with CMH books
Aug 3, 2020

Library activities in Burkina Faso resuming

Meeting of librarians, Kaya, July 2020
Meeting of librarians, Kaya, July 2020

Libraries and most other public activities in Burkina Faso were closed due to COVID19, in late March 2020. The government in July decided to start reopening, and the office of the mayor of Houndé decided to permit activities to resume. Officially, the pandemic has largely spared Burkina Faso, with only a few thousand cases, total, as of late July. It is impossible to know at present how accurate the official case tallies are.

FAVL-Burkina Faso, in consultation with local authorities, decided to reopen activities in mid-July. Schools remains closed until October.

Two workshop and refresher trainings were held for librarians in northern Burkina Faso, in Kaya and Kongoussi, in mid-July. FAVL staff have visited many of the libraries in Tuy province (libraries in the north and near international borders are threatened by an insurgency and travel is not advisable). Librarians are enthusiastic about opening and patrons have already started to come to borrow books.

Thanks for your support for libraries over the years! In coming months we will use available funds to purchase books to distribute to libraries.

Scrabble practice session, July 2020
Scrabble practice session, July 2020
Playing crossword puzzle in library, July 2020
Playing crossword puzzle in library, July 2020
 
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