In 2015 the IBBY Foundation provided funding for REFORMA towards the acquisition of books for their work with migrant children detained in the south western USA. A specially designed English/Spanish "library card" was added to a backpack of books to introduce the children to the library system in the USA.
Anne Pellowski, a former member of the Executive Committee of IBBY, and active for more than 50 years in the work of IBBY, offered free, voluntary service workshops in dozens of countries where there are few or no books for children in minority languages.
The Cloth Book Project was shared with the volunteers in Ethiopia. Volunteers in the U.S. created and sewed 30 cloth book pockets to send cloth books to remote areas. Cloth books were created in country through the Segenat Foundation by Anne Pelowski representing the International Board on Books for Young People. These Pocket Libraries were brought to remote areas of the country.
The Community Library Project is a low-cost, citizen led initiative committed to the work of building the movement for a publicly owned, free library system that is accessible to all. TCLP has set up 4 libraries in Delhi & Gurugram, India, catering to a membership of over 4000 children & adults, 7 days a week. We have also assisted several organizations in Delhi and beyond in creating free community libraries that welcome all.
The San Juan del Sur Biblioteca’s Mobile Project began in May, 2003. Three times a week, library staff and volunteers load bins of books into a pickup truck and, on a rotating basis, venture out to 36 communities surrounding San Juan del Sur. At each site, students and teachers are able to browse and exchange books. Reading, crafts, snacks, and educational activities are often provided to create an environment that encourages students to explore and take their education into their own hands.
The IBBY Collection, located at the Toronto Public, features a large international selection of books for and about young people with disabilities. The book are chosen by the IBBY National Sections, as well as by independent experts and publishers.
Books in Homes® was originally founded by New Zealand author, Alan Duff after a visit to a rural primary school in1993 where he discovered the majority of children came from bookless homes. This foundation that provides books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement.
In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving in the Italian island, Lampedusa, IBBY launched the project “Silent Books, from the world to Lampedusa and back” in 2012. The project involved creating the first library on Lampedusa to be used by local and immigrant children, www.facebook.com/BiblioLampedusa/
Featured on the Astrid Lindgren Memorial website is the brochure 17 Reasons for Children's Books, written by the Swedish Academy for Children’s Books with art work by Swedish illustrators. You can find the brochure, translated into 20 languages that can be downloaded freely from the Swedish Academy website.
The English translation with illustrations by 17 international illustrators is here.
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