Our volunteers in Ethiopia and in the U.S. have been hard at work: sewing, writing, publishing. Based on the very successful cloth book workshop conducted at the Segenat Children and Youth Library by Anne Pelowski, International Board on Books for Young People, we have two books at the printer crafted by local authors. These books were fully funded by generous donors. That enthusiasm has spread across the ocean where quilters with the US Board on Books for Young People have made great progress in crafting pocket libraries. These pocket libraries will hold approximately 30 locally-produced books that will be loaned to designated neighborhood leaders in city of Mekelle and beyond. We know how important it is for young children to be able to read stories in their mother tongue. It is the foundation for later learning as they progress through school and become the leaders of the future.
For those librarians among the readership, please stop by the poster session at the American Library Association conference in Anaheim, CA co-sponsored by the Segenat Foundation and USBBY. There you will get to see examples of finely crafted cloth books, print copies of these books, and pocket libraries.