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.
Please join us for the 2022 USBBY Annual Membership meeting on Saturday, November 5th at 12 Noon Eastern Time via Zoom.
We’ll have a special presentation about the inspirational work of our Twinning partner, IBBY Lebanon; greetings from the newly elected IBBY President, Sylvia Vardell; and other USBBY business.
The program is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP here.
The USBBY Board is pleased to announce a special Regional Meeting, to take place in New York City on March 25th, 2023. Where, you ask? Well, what better place to talk about children’s books then Scholastic’s fancy new digs, right in Manhattan?
They’re handing us the keys (figuratively speaking) to their auditorium, a bunch of amazing creators, authors & artists are coming, and we’re hoping you’ll join us as well.
There will be events on the days surrounding the 25th as well if you’d like to make a NYC “thing” of it, and you’ll be hearing more about opportunities to participate at the programming level (did somebody say “poster session?” very soon).
Hotel information? That’s coming too.
Thanks for being patient with us: the USBBY has been hungry to return to New York for a while, but the nature of the last few years has made it challenging to pin down certain location aspects. We’re confident that what we have in the works is going to be very special.
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