Library for Refugees Project
"To fulfill the primary objective of IBBY, which is to introduce children to quality books, LBBY is creating and rebuilding libraries in Lebanese public schools in collaboration with UNESCO. By June 2022, eleven public schools had been successfully rebuilt, and they had received library materials. Additionally, Book Aid International, IBBY Canada, and IBBY France gave high-quality books to more than 29 schools. The project also included phase two which had the goal of organizing training sessions and workshops for the librarians at each of these schools on managing and promoting libraries, as well as providing documentation of books in each school on computers donated by UNESCO."
Read the complete report from the Tahaddi Education Center.
UNESCO - LBBY Phase II Project
"The project aims to reach its ultimate goal that is promoting reading and
connection between children and books through progressive steps and to a broader range of children. Those steps are noticed by each of the Nine schools (3,163 students) targeted and mentioned in the first section of this report that have been renovated and/or provided with resources to form a better environment for the children at the library, especially that, as seen in the “before” pictures, many were inappropriate for the children to use. This was in addition to providing different schools with Arabic books bought locally, as well as English books donated from Book Aid International."
Read the complete report about the Children in Crisis Rehabilitation of Public Schools' Libraries
On Friday, January 19, 2024, at 8:00 p.m., discover literature for children about Ukraine and/or by Ukrainian authors. Panelists include Katherine Marsh, author of The Lost Year (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2023), a National Book Award finalist; Dr. Anastasia Ulanowicz, Professor, Department of English, University of Florida, Claudia Bedrick, Enchanted Lion Books, publisher of How War Changed Rondo, by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv (a 2023 Outstanding International Book) and Angus Yuen-Killick of Red Comet Press which recently published Yellow Butterfly: a story from Ukraine by Oleksandr Shatokhin.
Followed by the announcement of the 2024 Outstanding International Books: enjoy grade-level list announcements, thematic presentation, and hands-on exploration of notable books from other countries published in the United States in the past year. Presented by the United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY), the US section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), we invite all lovers of literature to the event at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, Paca.
From Jocelyne Trouillot
IBBY Haiti has been able to have a few workshops even though the funds from IBBY were late in arriving. The other workshops and book distribution in the capital are going on. We will reach some other cities from next week until mid-June. We will send you a full report then, especially that we will be going for the first time in Cap Haitian and two other cities in the North. Cap Haitian is the second largest city in Haiti.
Things are still very bad here. Last week in Port au Prince, a young student was killed by a bullet. He was carrying his school bag, wearing his uniform, after leaving school. Adults die every day here with the gangs omni present. But every time it is a child who is murdered, one feels hopeless. People from a department cannot go to another part of the country without paying a ransom to the bandits or risk their lives. I am taking the small planes to go to the North. However, we will still continue. People start to waking up, taking things in their own hands. The government is not helping, the police have no means to control the gangs who have more sophisticated arms and the international community does not want to intervene, although supporting the actual illegal regime. Eventually, our people will fight but we have a long way to go.
We will keep in touch. Thank you so much for USBBY’s support.
From Jehan Helou
Your support and solidarity of USBBY are very needed. I really appreciate it how you cemented the spirit of genuine humanity and solidarity in the mission and activities of USBBY. We need a world that restores a humane face! Are we dreaming?
I never doubted that USBBY will continue the twinning relation with Palestine and the other partners; the seeds of solidarity and humanity are now deep rooted in USBBY vision and culture.
You put your hand on a very necessary issue to address. It is essential to restore and improve the” ongoing communication with our partners including frequent updates on the activities that can be shared on a regular basis with our members …”. I join your excitement; we will try our best to deliver!
Children in Crisis two libraries in Gaza are a real success story in the besieged and tormented Gaza. We are trying to minimize spending though it is really very minimal and humble. We have a little savings and try to raise some money from friends and family, but this is not sustainable. We really worry if we cannot continue with these very needed libraries. Any core budget to support them is vital and appreciated.
I attach our last biennial report and hope to send another report before June 15th, or any important updating.
by Carolina Osorio snd Jorge Argueta
The Library of Dreams has always manage to continue working. Our main goal has been and will continue to be reading. We are happy to announce that even during the Pandemic our children always read. We were able to install two loud speakers in the tall branches of a mango tree. The children will read to the whole town, it was an amazing adventure. The town people, besides hearing the ambulances that came to pick up the dead of the Corona virus, were listening to poetry and other stories……,Amanda hurricane came and destroyed our niche, the children and the whole town missed the stories that were read everyday. The impact the stories had in the community were definitely missed. The priest sent for us. We started to read from the church……
Now days we take the books to the park where children from other communities can enjoy. Our goal now is to continue with the program “Leer es maravilloso.”
Ou future goal is to create anthologies of poetry created by the children. Reader promoters acquiere more books.
Thank you for your support, thanks to your support the Library of Dreams not only continued with the reading program. We also bring children closer to their own language, Nahuat, in fact two of our leaders are Nahuat speakers, they make sure to practice the mother tongue with our children.
Thanks to all of our members, authors, illustrators, publishers, translators, and friends who assembled at Scholastic Headquarters for this special one-day event.
Please find the panels captured by Scholastic's terrific audiovisual team below.
A World of Language: The Art and Work of Translation, moderated by Doris Gebel with Claudia Zoe Bedrick, Ali Boozari, Eric Velasquez, and Marshall Yarbrough
Manga: The International Literature Children Love That We Could Talk More About, moderated by Jillian Rudes with Mark de Vera, Emily Drew and Ajani Oloye
Expanding Horizons through International Illustration, moderated by David Wiesner with Rashin Kheriyeh, Yevgenia Nayberg, Francesca Sanna, and Betty Tang
New Voices, New Children's Book Imprints, moderated by Jacqueline Woodson with Yael Berstein, Angus Killick, Christopher Myers, Maria Russo, and Namrata Tripathi
Shining a Light on Action: How Children's Books Make a More Just World, moderated by Rita Williams Garcia with Anthony Del Col, Ruchira Gupta, Jason Low, Areli Morales, and Aida Salazar
Mark your calendars for the next IBBY Regional Conference, to be held in fall 2025, and be sure your USBBY dues are up-to-date for an invitation to our Fall 2023 Membership meeting.
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