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Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria

by Bulgarian Library and Information Association
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria
Professor Ishirkovo
Professor Ishirkovo

In November and December 2019, books purchased under the project "Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria" and sent to the 14 libraries were inventoried and brought to the library and made available for use by children and parents. Readings with children and parents are organized at the libraries with new books, as well as visits to kindergartens where children can browse the books and the adults read them.

In selecting the books, we were guided by the words of Russian pedagogue Boris Nikitin, who developed a methodology for early childhood development: "You think are you just buying a toy? No, you're designing a human person with that", which we put it: "You think are you just buying a book? No, you're designing a human person with that". Led by the desire to cultivate good aesthetic taste and a sense of the beautiful in children, we selected books with fascinating texts and beautiful illustrations, picture books with compelling stories, poems and tales from Bulgarian and foreign authors and illustrators. Another part of the books helps children to acquire useful knowledge and skills about life, family, environment – educational books on various topics, books-games (puzzles, cubes, cards), books with lids and other moving elements to spark interest to the books in the youngest children.

We have come up with a set of ideas for organizing readings with books on different topics, divided into two age groups – from 1 to 3 years and from 4 to 6 years. So far, we have sent the first 3 parts to our colleagues, and we are currently working on the last 4 parts. They list books that are relevant to a specific topic (Get to know nature, My family, What we know about vehicles, The world of animals, Learn to cook, How to become better, When you need a friend, etc.), as well as suggestions for activities that can be organized with them for the children and their parents at the library. An album has been created on the BLIA's Facebook profile, which publishes photos of the books on different topics along with the necessary instructions and description of the books.

And here are two shared stories:

In December 2019, the librarian of Chitalishte ”Hristo Botev – 1898” – Rila holds a meeting in the group “Sun” at the kindergarten in the city with the parents and their children. They talk about children's development and the benefits of early childhood reading, how to build connection, closeness, trust through the book and play, and that by cultivating a love for the book and reading, children will have a better chance of achieving their goals and then lead successful lives as adults. The meeting ends with a workshop for parents and children to create "swing toys", similar to the books "swings" donated to the project. With the appropriate materials (plastic caps, plasticine, colored paper, glue, pencils), a lot of desire, love and inspiration, parents and children make "swing toys" – bunnies, bears and snowmen.

A young mother, a reader at the library of the Chitalishte ”Pencho Slaveikov – 1871” – Tryavna, goes to choose Christmas books for her daughter, who is 5 years old. She picks up a few, including the “Snow White’s Cakes”, which received from the project. On her next visit to the library, she shares with the librarian that the girl asked her grandmother to copy all the recipes from the booklet to make sweets together.

Sarnitsa
Sarnitsa
Tryavna
Tryavna
Rila
Rila
Novo selo
Novo selo

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Benkovski
Benkovski

The Bulgarian Library and Information Association (BLIA) has successfully implemented the project "Stimulating Reading in Early Childhood in Bulgaria". BLIA works to support early childhood reading and encourages libraries to work with children from 1 to 6 years old, organizing various initiatives from 2010.

As a result of successful donation campaigns through the "GlobalGiving" platform (November 27, 2018 – February 26, 2019) and platform "Bulgaria donates" (March 25 – March 31, 2019), as well as the "RE:TURN" initiative (March 4 – 10, 2019) of the Foundation "America for Bulgaria" has raised over 10,000 BGN for the implementation of the project. BLIA thanked all colleagues, friends and like-minded people from Bulgaria, Europe and the USA who donated funds to support the project!

Thanks to the special discounts made by the Bulgarian publishing houses "Clever book", "Veles", "Damian Yakov", "Emas", "Fiut", "Kolhida","Kolibri", "Marmot", "PAN", "Prosveta", "Prozorec","Ribka", "Soft Press", "Uniscorp"and "Zlatnoto pate" purchased 1910 books and games.

The Ministry of Education and Science, which has numerous initiatives aimed at raising and promoting literacy in all age groups, supported the implementation of the project by providing 860 children's books. Within the campaign "Bulgaria donates" the publishing house "Tochitsa" donated its children's books.

A total of 2,774 books and games for children from 1 to 6 years old have been purchased and donated to 14 pre-selected libraries in small and remote settlements in mountain and border regions with high child and parent attendance in their respective regions for 2017 and 2018:

  1. Alfatar, district Silistra – "Yordan Yovkov – 1894" Community Center
  2. Belogradchik, district Vidin – "Razvitie – 1893" Community Center
  3. Benkovski village, municipality Kirkovo,district Kardzhali – "Vazrajdane – 1928" Community Center
  4. Chiprovtsi, district Montana – "Peter Bogdan – 1909" Community Center
  5. Giovren village, municipality Devin, district Smolyan – "Svetlina – 1948" Community Center
  6. Kochan village, municipality Satovcha, district Blagoevgrad – "Prosveta – 1938" Community Center
  7. Novo selo village, municipality Novo selo, district Vidin – "Zemedelec – 1874" Community Center
  8. Professor Ishirkovo village, municipality Silistra, district Silistra – " Prosveta – 1907" Community Center
  9. Rila, district Kyustendil – "Hristo Botev – 1898" Community Center
  10. Sarnitsa, district Pazardzhik – "Prosveta – 1947" Community Center
  11. Simeonovgrad, district Haskovo – "Razvitie – 1882" Community Center
  12. Startsevo village, municipality Zlatograd, district Smolyan – "Progres – 1939" Community Center
  13. Tryavna, district Gabrovo – "Pencho Slaveikov – 1871" Community Center
  14. Zverino village, municipality Mezdra, district Vratsa – "Fakel – 1926" Community Center

The Community Center (Chitalishte) libraries involved in the project will disseminate information about the new books donated and will make them accessible not only to their readers, but also to children from kindergartens and schools, as well as to parents of children from 1 to 6 years old in the settlements. The libraries will host exhibitions, presentations and readings with books and games received for the project for children and their parents.

The donated books are a good basis for developing programs to encourage early childhood reading, to train parents on the benefits of early childhood reading and how to read to their children at home. Such programs will be developed by the BLIA in partnership with the Foundation "Detski knigi"and interested libraries.

Giovren
Giovren
Rila
Rila
Chiprovci
Chiprovci
Starcevo
Starcevo
Zverino
Zverino

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During the last three months (June – August 2019), the fundraising campaign of the Bulgarian Library and Information Association (BLIA) for the project "Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria" collected 14 dollars from 1 donor.

The selection of children's books for purchase and libraries for inclusion in the project continues.

From the selected 29 libraries with over 2000 visits (for 2017 or 2018) from the whole country, 10 libraries were selected to be included in the project. Options for including 4 more libraries are being discussed.

From the list of selected children's books were made 4 proposals for the purchase of books, which include 73, 91, 143 and 148 titles respectively. It remains to be decided which of the proposals has been accepted for implementation.

We have received an official letter from the Ministry of Education and Science informing us that, in connection with our project, they would provide us free of charge 880 books – 88 new children's books for each of the selected libraries. The condition is to provide access to and information on donated books for children attending kindergartens and their parents in the settlements.

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During the second three months (March – May 2019), the fundraising campaign of the Bulgarian Library and Information Association (BLIA) for the project "Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria" collected 990 dollars from 8 donors.

The project "Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria" was included in a national donation campaign from March 25 to March 31, 2019 on the “Bulgaria donate” platform. The donations received from this campaign are 150 dollars. As a result of the campaign, 5 children's books were donated by Tochica Publishing House.

We thank all our colleagues and friends from Bulgaria, Europe and the USA who have donated funds up to now! We also thank all our colleagues and friends who have shared the information about our campaign!

The list of selected children's books, games and videos has been consulted with colleagues from the country who have experience in working with children in the age group of 1 – 6 years and are taking initiatives to support early childhood reading in recent years.

The selection of libraries to be included in the project started. Regional libraries from 11 administrative districts sent us information about libraries in populated areas in low-income and underserved neighborhoods  that have no funds to buy new books but have high attendance from children readers.Based on the received data on attendance in these libraries in 2017 and 2018, 29 libraries with more than 2000 visits per year in at least one of the two yearswere selected. Of these libraries, 10 will be selected to join the project.

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During the first three months (November 27, 2018 – February 28, 2019), the fundraising campaign of the Bulgarian Library and Information Association (BLIA) for the project "Stimulating Early Childhood Reading in Bulgaria" collected $4,140 dollars from 26 donors.

We published campaign and project information with a call to support on the BLIA website and its English version. Weekly were published photos and messages to support the project in the BLIA profile on Facebook. Emails with information about the campaign and the project with a call for supportwere sent to more than 500 people in Bulgaria and abroad.

The December issue of the EBLIDA newsletter also published information about campaign and project with a call for support. EBLIDA (the European Library and Information and Documentation Association) is an independent association of 119 libraries, universities, libraries, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions from 36 countries in Europe.

We thank all our colleagues and friends from Bulgaria, Europe and the USA who have donated funds up to now! We also thank all our colleagues and friends who have shared the information about our campaign!

From the beginning of 2019, BLIA became permanent partner of GlobalGiving, and the project will remain on the platform until the necessary $ 5,000 is collected. We contacted the BLIA Facebook profile with colleagues from the country to invite personalities (MPs, entrepreneurs, businessmen, writers, intellectuals) who they know and for whom reading is of greatest importance for child development to support us.

In January 2019, began inquiry of the websites of Bulgarian publishing houses and the selection of children's books, games and videos for children from 1 to 6 years, which will be purchased with the funds collected.

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Bulgarian Library and Information Association

Location: Sofia - Bulgaria
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Project Leader:
Antoaneta Dimitrova
Sofia, Bulgaria
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