20 de agosto de 2019
ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS:
Hispanic World

Old plane converted into library entices youngsters to read in Bolivia

By Gina Baldivieso

By Gina Baldivieso

Cochabamba, Bolivia, Jul 30 (efe-epa).- The imagination and creativity of children's literature takes flight every day in an old airplane made into a library that entices Bolivian youngsters to become avid readers.

The teeming Wayrak-asa district on the south side of the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba has landed Biblioavion (Library Plane), an imposing Convair T-29B aircraft dating back to 1953.

On the outside it looks like any ordinary plane, though all the pictures of books painted on its fuselage along with the slogan "La lectura es mi locura" (I'm crazy about reading) give an idea about what is to be found inside.

Tables, chairs and bookcases full of stories, educational books and kiddies' novels create an atmosphere that encourages children and teens to read in this one-of-a-kind library, which is part of the network of enterprises that form the Simon I. Patiño Center.

"The youngsters feel like they're flying in an airplane, through their reading, obviously," the director of the Library Chain of the Simon I. Patiño Center, Juan Carlos Ayala, told EFE.

With a history of converting railroad cars into libraries, the chain sought to go for "an alternative space" to promote reading.

An airplane was picked because it would be "something exciting." The one chosen belonged to the Bolivian air force in La Paz and was no longer in use, according to Ayala.

The center negotiated the purchase of the plane and trucked its dismantled parts to Cochabamba, where it was reassembled in the Wayrak-asa district.

Biblioavion's arrival in the neighborhood meant a sudden huge improvement to what had been an abandoned vacant lot, and which suddenly became a children's park featuring a real airplane.

Seventeen years have gone by since the youngsters' library was installed, "almost a lifetime," above all for the first passengers on the Biblioavion, many of them now practicing professionals, the library chain's director said.

With a capacity for 30 children at a time, the Biblioavion is open every afternoon from Tuesday through Saturday for minors age 5 and older for reading motivation, comprehension strategies and help with their school studies, the manager of this library, Julieta Pardo, told EFE.

The challenge for libraries to attract readers has become ever greater as technologies and the use of mobile phones have advanced, Pardo admitted.

To deal with that challenge, the library decided to focus on developing children's creativity with activities complementary to reading, such as dramatizations, puppet shows, origami and making filigree ornaments.

"We look to all kinds of creative techniques so the kids see this is not just about reading, but also about having fun," said Pardo, who has been working at the Biblioavion for 12 years.

The library also offers school support through its reading clubs, which meet once a week with each made up of some 20 children, according the manager.

Sundays are reserved for families, and on that day the library offers activities with no age restrictions, even admitting preschoolers.

"Biblioavion has books for the daddies to read, or share the reading with their youngsters and perhaps at the same time play a series of educational games with them," Pardo said.

The library has some 60 regular users who attend its weekly workshops and reading clubs, with some 30 to 40 people showing up on Sundays.

"This is no place for tourism - people don't come in, look around and leave - but rather come to stay and make use of the reading material and activities made available to them," the manager said.

For that reason on Sundays, when there is the greatest number of visitors, families arrive in groups and leave "once they have finished to their satisfaction," she said.

The reading material is varied and includes some 1,500 texts by authors of different nationalities, such as the Argentines Gustavo Roldan and Ricardo Mariño and the Englishman Anthony Browne.

Most in demand are the "album books," a format in which text and image are inseparable.

Not long ago the Biblioavion was honored as the "Library of the Year Nationwide" by Bolivia's National School of Information Science. EFE-EPA gb-jaa/cd

Histórico de noticias
Twitter: China has mounted campaign to delegitimize Hong Kong protests

San Francisco, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Twitter on Monday said that it had uncovered a coordinated effort by 936 accounts originating in China to delegitimize the...

Colombia, victim of lucrative exotic animal smuggling

By Claudia Polanco Yermanos

US gives China's Huawei another 90-day reprieve on sanctions

Washington, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies on Monday criticized the sanctions imposed by the Donald Trump administration as being...

El Salvador woman pardoned after manslaughter conviction for abortion

Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- A court in El Salvador pardoned Evelyn Hernandez, 21, this Monday of the crime of aggravated manslaughter...

Bardem: If 30 pct. of oceans not protected in 2030, damage to be irreversible

By Alvaro Celorio

Colombian ex-ministers: Peace is being fired upon from many angles

By Juliana Alejandra Franco and Ovidio Castro

Trump defends China policy, says US economy is world's best

Washington, Aug 18 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his strategy versus China, on whose goods Washington has imposed heavy tariffs as...

Paola Espinosa, miracle worker in platform diving going for medal in Tokyo

By Gustavo Borges

Quito video art makes viewers reflect on migration, environment and memories

Quito, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- An unprecedented exhibition in the Ecuadorian capital is making viewers reflect on such concepts as migration, the environment and...

Delivery workers unite to protect themselves from Mexico City dangers

By Zoilo Carrillo

Famous Madrid chef returns to her Dominican roots

By Manuel Perez Bella

A stroll through New York's iconic Madison Square Garden

By Alvaro Celorio

Panama City celebrates 500th anniversary with cake for 4,500 people

Panama City, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- Panama City, the first Spanish settlement on the Pacific coast of North America, on Thursday celebrated its 500th...

Half a century later, Woodstock once again highlighting unity, freedom

By Helen Cook

Trump suggests Xi should meet with Hong Kong protesters

Washington, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested that his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, should meet "personally" with the Hong...

Uruguay keeps eye out for potential fallout from Argentine economic crisis

By Federico Anfitti

Bogota has many advantages in attracting foreign investment

Bogota, Aug 14 (efe-epa).- In the past 10 years, Bogota has received some $20 billion in foreign investment via more than 1,100 projects that have created...

Wall Street plunges, Dow Jones down 3.05 pct.

New York, Aug 14 (efe-epa).- Wall Street closed Wednesday with heavy losses and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the benchmark indicator, dropped 3.05...

More than 250 lawsuits vs. Catholic Church filed over sex abuse in New York

New York, Aug 14 (efe-epa).- A New York law office on Wednesday filed more than 250 lawsuits over sexual abuse of minors against the Catholic Church with...

Mexico: Same ideology behind El Paso, Christchurch massacres

Mexico City, Aug 14 (efe-epa).- The Aug. 3 massacre in the US city of El Paso, Texas, which resulted in 22 deaths, was inspired by the attack on two mosques...

Argentina's president unveils measures to help middle class

Buenos Aires, Aug 14 (efe-epa).- President Mauricio Macri announced a series of measures before the opening of the financial markets on Wednesday aimed at...

CBS, Viacom to merge, creating ViacomCBS

New York, Aug 13 (efe-epa).- CBS and Viacom announced on Tuesday a merger agreement that will reunite the two companies, which previously merged but then...

Democrats demand Senate vote on toughening access to guns

Washington, Aug 13 (efe-epa).- A mother told US Congresswoman Debbie Dingell that she didn't know whether to buy her daughter a backpack she wanted for...

Indigenous and farm women demand gender equality in Brazil

Brasilia, Aug 13 (efe-epa).- Groups of indigenous and farm women were received this Tuesday by the Brazilian legislature, where both repeated their...