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by Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)
Provide reading opportunities to schoolchildren
Provide reading opportunities to schoolchildren
Provide reading opportunities to schoolchildren
Provide reading opportunities to schoolchildren
Provide reading opportunities to schoolchildren
Provide reading opportunities to schoolchildren
Provide reading opportunities to schoolchildren
Provide reading opportunities to schoolchildren
Puzzles are much appreciated
Puzzles are much appreciated

The mobile library project continues to operate normally.  Here are the most recent (translated) reports from Ouedrogo Bernard, the BMP operator (and librarian of Pissila library).

Friday, November 16, 2018, before 13h, I arrived at the school Center A with the BMP. I found that almost all CM2 grade students were still there. There were also some CEs. Those in CM2 were shy and stressed because they said they had a history and geography assignment in the same evening at 3pm. With that, I proposed to change site to allow them to work; but they together disapproved of my proposal. That's when I put the books at their disposal. We organized free and guided reading. At the end of the reading, I asked each student to give the title and author of her favorite book. This exercise revealed that the majority of students do not consider the title and the author in their reading. So, I said that to make a good reading, you have to start with the title without forgetting the author. The children enjoyed this exercise very much. By the way, we played the puzzle. We played those whose pieces were animals. It was necessary to mention the names of the animals which constituted the different pieces. This game was very beneficial for the students because they discovered the name of an insect that is the ladybug. In addition to the puzzle game, I improvised a coloring session with elementary students. The exit was as a whole well finished around 15h minus. Students want to receive BMP in their school every day.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, arriving at the office at 10am, I went to get the BMP to the Niwaogo hostel where it is parked for security reasons. I noticed that it was covered with dust and I washed it myself in the office. I also cleaned the shelves. After that, I made an outing to the communal school A. About 12h, I was on the spot. The students were eating (about twenty students). They gave up their food and ran to the BMP, which is very well known throughout the neighborhood. After having everything installed, I invited them to read. Everyone chose their favorite book and started reading by asking questions about words they did not understand. We played a game about naming. The game is organized together on the parts of the body. In addition to the game on the human body, the students offered to play a letter game. This game was organized with great enthusiasm. The women who sold at the small market of the said school were interested in the reading and the games and saw to have more information on the BMP. They very much appreciated the initiative. Around 14h 30 minutes the students became more numerous which forced me to pack up to avoid the big disorder or the theft of books by the children.

The BMP visits three schools each week.

Coloring is a favorite activity
Coloring is a favorite activity
Schoolchildren find all sorts of books to read
Schoolchildren find all sorts of books to read
Kids look forward to the mobile library visits
Kids look forward to the mobile library visits
Another puzzle: they help with learning vocabulary
Another puzzle: they help with learning vocabulary
Students looking for interesting books
Students looking for interesting books
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The mobile library project is launched and working. The project target of $6500 was almost reached thanks to a generous donor at the end of 2017 and many other donors who have contributed over the years!  In January 2018 books were purchased for the tricycle, with a large selection of children's books, mostly fiction but we are also looking hard for children's non-fiction. In February 2018 the team solicited quotes for purchasing a tricycle motorbike, and a vendor was selected in March 2018 and the motorbike purchased. A local metalworker then built the "kiosk" that goes on the back of the bike. A carepenter built some shelves, and large woven mats were purchased (for kids to sit on while reading). A local graphic artist then painted the kiosk and bike in a vibrant yellow, with some pictures of children reading on it.

The motorbike went out to Kaya town (one hour north of Ouagadougou), in April 2018, and did some test runs. The librarian of Pissila expressed interest in being the mobile librarian. he took a driver's education course, and in May received his official drivers license to drive the motorbike. The final papers for the motorbike purchase also were received and it passed its inspection procedures (yes, a lot of bureaucracy, but that is good, in the end!). 

In June and July during summer vacation the motobike has begun to visit various locations in Kaya. At the beginning of the school year in October the motorbike will have a regular run of schools that will be visited once a week.  Thanks to all the donors for making this experiment a reality! 

Schoolchildren gather around the mobile library
Schoolchildren gather around the mobile library
Kaya education leaders learn about mobile library
Kaya education leaders learn about mobile library
Mobile library visits mayor's offices
Mobile library visits mayor's offices
Mobile library visits a school
Mobile library visits a school
A school visit
A school visit
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Illustrator Robert Bazoum
Illustrator Robert Bazoum

Our new Biblio-Mobile-Pénélope moto-tricycle service is moving along (photos below) and will be ready to operate soon. We are hoping to start at the end of April. FAVL program officer met on April 11 with school directors in Kaya to start programming times for the mobile library to come to the schools. We are awaiting the painting of the mobile library (photo below is graphic artist Michael Gama's mockup using a photo of the tricycle). Books, shelves, mats have been purchased. So far about $3,000 has been spent from the donations. Thank you donors for your generosity.

What else is new at FAVL-Burkina Faso?

  • Fifteen new photos books were printed and delivered in March 2018 to most of the libraries that we support in Burkina Faso. Picture of the books on the booksehelf in Sebba Library is below.
  • Libraries received 20 copies of a kid’s magazine called Kidzymag that is filled with short stories and fun games for kids to play.
  • Many libraries received donations of books; one of the gratifying things about working with libraries is to see how many “friends” are out there willing to support reading.
  • Libraries held their regularly scheduled monthly meetings in March- on the agenda are two reading contests being held in some of the libraries – one supported by the US Embassy, the other by Catholic Relief Services.
  • The Multimedia Center in Hounde has been producing many books this year- sixteen Kikirou stories in the Fall 2017, and six more children’s books written and illustrated by people from Tuy Province. The illustrator Robert Bazoum (below) is doing a spectacular job.
  • FAVL Director Michael Kevane met with Stanislas Ouanré, Minister of Education, in March 2018 to see about possible collaboration for establishing more libraries.
  • Lots more going on every day; read our blog for more information.
New photo books on display Sebba Library
New photo books on display Sebba Library
Book shelf for mobile library
Book shelf for mobile library
Newly painted biblio-mobile April 2018
Newly painted biblio-mobile April 2018
Biblio-mobile almost finished April 2018
Biblio-mobile almost finished April 2018
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Salimata in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017
Salimata in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017

Thanks to a very generous end-or-year donor, the FAVL team in Burkina Faso is now ready to move forward with this project. A tricycle motobike and "cart" will be purchased in Janaury 2018 and an assistant "mobile librarian" hired and trained to operate this project starting in February. We will initiate the project in the small town of Kaya, for logistical reasons, and start the first months of the project delivering library books to schools in the area. As we acquire experience with operating the mobile library we will increasingly target more remote rural villages. We are very excited to implement this project! 

In December the FAVL Burkina Faso team conducted an exercise implementing a mobile library in a local school, with our partner organisation Catholic Relief Services (the joint Beoog Biiga II project established 20 libraries in northern Burkina Faso in 2015, and these libraries continue to be supported). A tricycle was hired, and books and reading activities were carried out in a local school.  Photos below are from the activity in December 2017.

FAVL continues to operate 34 community libraries in Burkina Faso. Our latest December 2017 newsletter is available here.  In the coming months of 2018, we will continue to supply libraries in our network with new books, as fuding permits. We are also producing 16 more photo books for distribution in the libraries.

Aicha in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017
Aicha in school with 'mobile library' Dec 2017
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Karaba librarian Domboue Hakahoun met Hounde mayor
Karaba librarian Domboue Hakahoun met Hounde mayor

Thanks donors for hanging in there with FAVL!  We are still awaiting hiring of a Houndé multimedia center manager to then implement this mobile book delivery program.  We just hired two new program officers for our office in Ouagadougou, and that will enable the national team to devote more attention to the libraries in southwestern Burkina Faso where this activity is focused.  Meetins were held in July 2017 with various mayor's offices in Tuy province (you can read about them on the blog, in French though) to ensure more cooperation and engagement with library services for the 7 libraries in the area.

Here are some of the highlights of FAVL activities in recent months (you can read more on our blog):

Burkina Faso

  • Summer reading camps held in 22 villages (June and July 2017)
  • 15 photos books printed and distributed (these feature people in local communities where libraries are located)
  • Two new program officers hired and trained
  • Mayors in 22 village sites held meetings with FAVL representative to ensure payment of librarian salaries
  • A typical library receives 200 visits a month

Ghana

  • After school reading program initiated August 2017
  • Coordinator Paul Ayutoliya visited libraries in Accra and purchased 115 books for Sumbrungu, Sherigu and Kunkua libraries
  • Libraries receive several thousand visits each month

Uganda

  • Uganda Community Libraries Association held in August 2017 its annual conference
  • Kitengesa Library is thriving
  • Interns from Douglas College in Canada volunteered in community libraries
Summer reading camp tshirt design
Summer reading camp tshirt design
Summer reading camp banner
Summer reading camp banner

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Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Michael Kevane
Co-director, West Africa
San Jose, CA United States
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