IBBY-Yamada 2010: France

Burkina Faso: Librarian training

Support was given as a grant for a librarian from Burkina Faso to undertake a special three-week training programme especially designed for her at the Centre national de la literature pour la jeunesse – La Joie par les livres in Paris.  She also spend some time in a public library in Paris and as a central theme studdied how to work in children's libraries, covering all aspects such as programming, storytelling, reading aloud, exhibitions, inviting authors, and how to budget, and above all using these activities to introduce children to books.  All of these activities are mostly unknown in Burkina Faso where the emphasis is more on animation through music, dance and theatrical productions.  Not many of which lead to books and reading.