With the recent donations that we've gotten from the Global Giving website, FAVL has enough funds to purchase 12 more copies of books in the Aya de Yopougon series. Unfortunately, the local bookstore was short on copies. So we ordered 12 copies of the first in the series, which none of the libraries currently has. The books will come into the bookstore at the end of October, and then we will be able to send one book to each of the libraries in Burkina. We will then ask each librarian to keep the book in the library for at least a month before they allow patrons to check them out. Hopefully, by this time everyone in the community will have had time to see the book and be able to page through it at the library before everyone goes crazy checking it out!
As we've said in previous reports, the Aya series is extremely popular at the village libraries. It is rare to find a book, especially a graphic novel, that is written by an African and accurately depicts daily life. Readers easily relate to the characters and dialogue because the situations and slang are familiar to them.
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