uh oh… gotta speak to middle and high school students at International School of Ouagadougou!

ISO librarian Jennie McKenzie was kind enough to invite me to come speak to students at the school.  ISO students and staff have in past several years been a huge support to FAVL.  So I am super-grateful for the chance to personally say thank you, especially on behalf of the lady with the kittens (Krystle).  But… what to wear?  How do I engage middle schoolers.  That’s OK, But high schoolers?  Double yikes.  I’ll try to just let FAVL speak for itself.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FAVL creating content: Reading material for children in Burkina Faso

Posted in Politics | 1 Comment

Floby – la femme de mon boss

Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Freak out attack… maybe in same room as Kate DiCamillo?

So the workshop I am presenting my paper at in Paris at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France is on encouraging youth reading.  Kate DiCamillo apparently is going to be at the session for an interview.  Now, I’ll be honest and say that neither of my kids liked Because of Winn-Dixie.  But…. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane…?  OMG I loved reading it to them, and they loved reading it themselves.  Such a beautiful melancholy book.  My mother said, “Well, of course she found him,” matter of factly.  In my mind the book exists in exactly the same plane as Spielberg’s AI.

Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

More on the IFLA conference

See the FAVL posting for links….

An excellent day at IFLA conference. Started in morning with exactly the kind of coffee meeting I love, with Christophe Cassiau-Haurie who has written extensively on BD in Francophone Africa. He’s done a few scenarios for BD himself, and this one about the mountains of Africa is something that I want to look for in Paris on Friday when I am there. Then I went to a couple of sessions, popping in and out, one on literacy and reading, the other on digitalization of newspaper archives…. Chicago’s Center for Research Libraries gave a cool overview of their work. But most impressive and moving was Inaam Charaf a young librarian working on an opposition Syrian women’s magazine Sayedat Suria. Then I met with Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL’s programme manager for the Public Library Innovation Programme. The PLIP programme has granted FAVL $20,000 to implement health literacy clubs for young women in four libraries in Burkina Faso, with an emphasis on delivering content through smart phones. It is an exciting venture for FAVL, and a great learning experience for African libraries generally. We are going to do our very best to make this an effective project.

via FAVL Blog.

Posted in Reading | Leave a comment

Zéphirin Diabré : « Nous voulons nous installer à Kossyam »

Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Reporting on IFLA conference in Lyon

An extract…

In the afternoon I went to the Africa section panel on libraries in Africa. Some very interesting talks. For me the presenters on francophone Africa were of course of most interest. Eliane Lallemand from Lire en Afrique, who is doing very similar work to FAVL, but in Senegal. Louise Balock gave an interesting overview of libraries in Cameroon, and also later Charles Kamdem Poeghela on the CLAC de Yaounde. There was Stephane Sanon, from Universite d”Abomey-Calavi on Fondation Zinsou’s small library project in Cotonou. The common thread of all the country presentations is that government is doing very little to promote reading, and so non-profit organisations, often operated by volunteers like FAVL! are filling the gap. It was inspiring but also depressing to hear the same thing in country after country.

read more hereFAVL Blog.

Posted in Politics | Leave a comment