Kids’ Books Bolivia Holds Book Event with “Colectivo Katari”
February 28, 2011
Kids’ Books Bolivia held its first formal public presentation in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The presentation served to raise public awareness and understanding of the project in hopes of distributing the books to additional local organizations, schools, libraries, programs and families. The event included a book reading of Emily Smizer’s Confronting the Giant, which was complimented by puppet show and music performances that were prepared by “Colectivo Katari,” a local collective of artists, led by Títeres Elwaky.
Following the book reading and corresponding performances, featured guests spoke about the founding, purpose, methodology, benefits and outreach of Kids’ Books Bolivia. Speakers included project founder and director, Heidi Baer-Postigo; Fall 2008 author, Nadine Channaoui; project advisor and Bolivian children’s author, Gaby Vallejo; and project supporter and library coordinator, Teo Fulguera.
During the four panelists’ speeches, which were geared toward the adult audience members, children were able to work together on group activities and songs that related to the featured story, the value of reading, and each child’s special interests and talents. The event had an audience of about 100 people and was comprised of children from local elementary schools and libraries, families, adults, students, educators, and additional supporters of Kids’ Books Bolivia.
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