On June 19, 2011, Casey Andersen and Jessie Ebersole presented Kids’ Books Bolivia’s full collection of 20 books during the XIV Bolivian Dance Competition of Saya Caporal at George Mason University’s concert hall in coordination with Pro Bolivia Committee of Arlington, Virginia, home to the largest Bolivian community in the U.S.
Jessie and Casey ran a stand in the theater lobby to display the books and share information about Kids’ Books Bolivia. People attending the dance competition responded with interest and enthusiasm to books about the country of their heritage. Many stopped by to learn more about the books and the organization.
Casey and Jessie sold 50 books and donated sets to the Pro Bolivia Committee and to the Arlington Public Library, which the children’s librarian said she would happily read during her storytime, which is consistently attended by a high number of Bolivian children.
Julia Garcia of Pro Bolivia Committee writes: “It was important for the audience to learn about what is being done and can be done in Bolivia with our children. The books were spectacular and I would like to obtain copies for my Quechua students at George Washington University, for their culture and language content.” In August, Jessie plans to conduct more Kids’ Books Bolivia activities at a Bolivian festival/picnic for families also organized by the Pro Bolivia Committee.