Doris Gebel, President of the United States Board on Books for Young People, joined Segenat Foundation Board Members Janet Lee and Jane Mirandette, in presenting a poster session during the International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) session at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim in June.
The poster featured photos of children reading at the Segenat Children and Youth Library in Mekelle. It also featured photos of the workshop given by Anne Pellowski, International Board on Books for Young People, during her visit to Mekelle in October 2011. Pellowski, a renowned author of books on children’s literature and reading techniques, presented two workshops at the Segenat on producing cloth books in first languages. She has traveled extensively throughout the world presenting workshops on this topic.
Included in the display were bilingual cloth books written in Amharic and English, Amharic being one of the primary languages of Ethiopia. The cloth books were scanned and printed for increased distribution. The cloth books also display beautifully on an iPad.
The poster session was named, “Catch a Falling Star and Put it in Your Pocket,” a popular children’s song, as a way of promoting the newly created Pocket Libraries, another of Pellowski’s creative ideas. Pocket Libraries are easily transportable and can be assigned to neighborhood leaders for use in story times. Each pocket library can hold up to 100 children’s books, first language materials preferred.
A brightly decorated pocket library hung in the display. Another type of pocket library, more aptly described as a sling, bore the first line of the Amharic alphabet. Gebel, and a group of high school home economics students, have sewn a large batch of pocket libraries to be shipped to Ethiopia to serve as models for further production.
Poster sessions such as these, allow the presenters to directly interact with the audience, and present a more hand on approach in demonstrating items such as the cloth books, pocket libraries, and brochures.
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