Hello Toronto library folks and LWB supporters,
The Toronto Public Library will be hosting an author reading by longtime LWB member and support Sheila Dalton. She’ll be discussing her acclaimed novel The Girl in the Box. LWB Treasurer, Nalini Battu, will also be on hand to talk about our work in Guatemala and beyond. Details are below.
The Girl in the Box
A Giller Reader’s Choice Top Ten Pick, 2012.
A mute Mayan girl held captive in the Guatemalan jungle, a big city
psychoanalyst with a rescue complex, and a journalist with a broken
heart are the focus of this provocative tale. Sheila is a former librarian
and a member of Librarians Without Borders. Meet members of
Librarians Without Borders tonight.
Thursday September 26, 7pm
2380 Eglinton Avenue East
During the LWB North American Speaking Tour with our Guatemalan Partner Jorge Chojolán, LWB student committee members were asked to reflect on their experience attending the workshops and public events during the tour. This post comes to us from Emily, a member of the LWB University of Toronto Student Committee and a student in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto.
I attended two of Jorge Chojolan’s workshops about Miguel Angel Asturias Academy. His story and the history of the academy are truly inspiring. Jorge has created an amazing school with such a limited amount of resources. It was really great to see how Librarians Without Borders helps the school, and how enthusiastic the kids are about their library. Jorge’s presentation made me realize how much the work and fundraising that we do means to communities in need of library resources.
Speaking Tour Workshop (Toronto): Challenges of preservation of indigenous languages and culture in Guatemala – Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Graphic novels for Asturias Library
Right after last year’s trip to Guatemala, I took Special Topics in Information Studies: Graphic Novels and Comic Books with Max Dionisio at the University of Toronto’s iSchool. For one of the assignments, we were asked to create our own comic book/graphic novel collections development guidelines for an institution. I chose Asturias Academy as my context, which I developed a comic book/graphic novel collections development document tailored to the user groups of Asturias Library. After developing the policy document, I selected 5 items to start their new comic book/ graphic novel collection. For the upcoming trip to Guatemala, I am pleased to make this assignment a reality. I will be bringing with me some of the items that I have selected from the assignment to start a new comic book/ graphic novel collection at Asturias Library!
Why Graphic novels and comic books?
Graphic novels and comic books help energize library collection and can be used to connect other books in the collection. They help improve language and literacy development and are an aid for children who are visual learners. Graphic novels and comic books also attract the interests of reluctant readers and assist in increasing vocabulary of readers and help boost the reading comprehension of readers.
I cannot wait to see the students dive into these new books!
To prepare for the upcoming service-learning trip to Guatemala this May, participants from Toronto have been taking Spanish Conversational Classes at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information’s iSchool . Adriana Rossini has kindly volunteered her time to assist Toronto participants with learning Spanish. She is the Registrar and Director of Student Services at the Faculty of Information and has extensive experience working in the information field and in different library settings in Toronto and South America. The Toronto participants are grateful for Adriana’s help and they look forward to speaking Spanish in Guatemala!
Muchas Gracias Adriana!
Are you looking for an opportunity to wear a sweater given to you by a well intended friend or family member but that wasn’t quite your aesthetic? If so, Librarians Without Borders has an event for you!
Join the University of Toronto committee of Librarians Without Borders for their Ugly Sweater Dance Party Fundraiser in support of the Guatemala Asturias Library Project.
Where? The Central, Toronto
When? Wednesday, December 15th @ 8:00 pm
RSVP at the Facebook Event Page
Happy Holidays and Have a Good Time!