IBBY-Yamada 2020: Bolivia

IBBY Bolivia: Create a children’s library in a remote village – The challenge of reading where there are no books

Tarata is a village far away from Thuruchapitas library, the home of IBBY Bolivia. There is no library in the village and none in the local schools. The project seeks to create a small children’s library and identify and train volunteers to carry out reading activities for children, teachers and parents. The group will work with local authorities and teachers to establish the library and provide training in classifying and caring for the books provided by IBBY Bolivia. Several workshops will take place on Saturdays: for teachers training in reading promotion; for children with storytelling, playing and acting; and for parents with lessons in reading and reading aloud. Interested students, parents and teachers will be invited to participate in the Cochabamba Storytelling Festival organized annually by IBBY-Bolivia. The project is on hold, but is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 if the circumstances permit.