Silent Books: 3rd IBBY Camp in Lampedusa
The third IBBY Camp in Lampedusa was hard but very rewarding: 20 IBBY volunteers came on the island from 20 till 26 November 2014 to meet 1,000 children and young people.
Among the volunteers there were librarians, teachers, promoters of reading, storytellers, illustrators coming from all Italy and distant Canada. With their invaluable help and passionate enthusiasm, we could organize over 40 events, readings and training for children and adults as well.
The kids were all happy to see us again. They were eager to read their books. Their enthusiastic participation was infectious and the awarness about the right and need to have a place for books on the island soon spread among the community.
We trained a group of high-school boys and girls on how a library works and on some tecniques to read aloud.
At the end of the camp, we left the books in their hands; with the help of some adults and a few teachers, they keep some activities going: thanks to them, the building that will host the library is now provisionally open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and children can keep on enjoying their books.
We are very happy about this achievement: we hope to send some volunteers on the island soon to support these young "librarians" and boost their enthusiasm.
Meanwhile we keep on working hard on institutions and call their attention on the need to have a place for books on the island.
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