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Drew Tap Tap party

Entry by Anne M. Pettit [Youth Services Librarian, Shirlington Branch Library]

The Tap Tap Bus

The Tap Tap BusGifts for Petite-Groave

The children at the Drew After School Center worked for 2 months to create a Haitian Tap Tap Bus. It was their contribution to the summer reading club festivities at the Shirlington Branch of Arlington Public Library, Arlington, Virginia.  The students took photographs of themselves and glued them in the bus windows, and the final creation was bright, colorful and a wonderful addition to the children’s room.  As part of the celebration, the children’s librarian at Shirlington told a Haitian folktale, Bouki dances the Kokioko and shared some Krik! Krak! Jokes with the children.  Appropriatetly themed “Caribbean snacks” were served (plantain chips, mango juice, and fruit sorbets served in the actual rind!)  The Drew students were then given the opportunity to make gifts for the children of our sister library in Petit-Goave as they decorated t-shirts.  The t-shirts will be mailed to Haiti later in the summer.

Gifts for Petite-Groave

Gifts for Petite-Groave

Google Translation in Haitian Creole

Timoun yo nan Drew la Apre Lekòl Sant te travay pou 2 mwa yo kreye yon ayisyen Tap Tap Otobis. Li te kontribisyon yo fèstivite ete yo nan klib lekti Shirlington Branch la. Elèv yo pran foto kole tèt yo ak fenèt yo nan otobis yo, ak kreyasyon final la te klere, kolore yo ak yon bèl bagay anplis nan chanm timoun yo. Kòm yon pati nan selebrasyon an, bibliyotekè timoun yo a nan Shirlington te di nan yon folktale ayisyen, Bouki danse Kokioko a ak pataje kèk Krik! Krak! Blag ak timoun yo. Appropriatetly tematik “ti goute Karayib” te sèvi (chips plantian, ji mango, ak sorbe fwi sèvi nan krout aktyèl la!) elèv yo Drew te Lè sa a, bay opòtinite pou fè kado pou timoun yo nan bibliyotèk sè nou yo nan Petit Goave-jan yo dekore mayo. Mayo yo ap poste an Ayiti pita nan sezon ete a

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“The 16 books from the ‘Petites mains’ series that we received allowed us to do several activities in our libraries. When opening the package, I was touched to find small books that meet the needs of children who love reading. They are written in simple French, with short sentences and are nicely illustrated. This led me to organize reading sessions at the libraries with children of average reading level, to encourage a love of reading. The first session took place under the thatched-roof awning of Bereba’s library with 17 primary school students. Even prior to me distributing the books, all the children were excited about reading because they were so impressed by the shape of the books. Each child was able to read their chosen book with few mistakes and with much satisfaction. They were proud to each be able to make a summary of the book at the end. Books with titles including: “The Zebra and the Crocodile” and “Riddles,” were those most appreciated that day because the content was easy for them to understand. Since that day Ali Kafando (a reader) has become one of our most loyal readers as he was able to read 6 books that day. Children continue to come to the library to consult these books. For me, this collection draws children to read.”

Sanou Dounko
Activities Coordinator
Friends of African Village Libraries/ FAVL http://www.favl.org"Little books for little hands" in Burkina Faso

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Les 16 livres de la collection “Petits livres pour petites mains” que nous avons reçus, nous ont permis de faire des séances d’animations dans nos bibliothèques. Il faut noter qu’à l’ouverture du paquet j’étais touché de voir des livres aussi facilement transportables et qui répondent aux besoins des enfants qui aiment la lecture. Avec un français très simple, de courtes phrases et des illustrations bien faites . Ceci m’a poussé à programmer des séances de lecture avec les enfants aux seins des bibliothèques pour les enfants moyens en lecture, afin de leur donner le goût de la lecture . La première séance a vu la participation de 17 enfants du primaire et a eu lieu sous le hangar de la bibliothèque de Bereba. Avant de finir la distribution, tous les enfants étaient concentrés à la lecture tellement ils étaient impressionnés par la forme des livres. Chaque enfant a pu lire avec moins de fautes le livre choisi, avec satisfaction. Ils étaient et fière de pouvoir faire chacun un petit résumé. Les livres avec pour titres, Le zèbre et le crocodile, Les devinettes sont ceux que les enfants ont appréciés, compte tenu de leur contenu, aussi simple à comprendre . Ali Kafando (un lecteur), depuis ce jour est devenu un de nos fidèles  lecteurs, car ce jour même, il a pu lire 6 livres . Depuis lors les enfants viennent pour consulter ces livres . Pour moi, cette collection attire les enfants à la lecture.

Sanou Dounko
(animateur, Amis des Bibliothèques de Villages / FAVL)  http://www.favl.org

Une lectrice de la collection "16 petits livres pour petites mains"

Une lectrice de la collection "16 petits livres pour petites mains"

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