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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

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
$5,154 raised of $5,958 goal
 
36 donations
$804 to go
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