Yohannes Gebregeorgis to receive Honorary Membership to the American Library Association this June.

Yohannes Gebregeorgis, Founder of the Tigray Library and Literacy Development Project, and Director of the Segenat Children and Youth Library, to receive honorary membership to the American Library Association this June.  Honorary Membership, ALA’s highest honor, is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting importance to libraries and librarianship. 

Since the nomination was submitted, Yohannes has continued on with his great work. Included in his recent achievements are:

Founded the Tigray Library and Literacy Development Project,

The establishment of the Segenat Children and Youth Library in Mekelle (see Leonard Kniffel’s article in American Libraries: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/08232010/new-youth-library-eth…

The publication of Tirhas Celebrates Ashenda: An Ethiopian Girl’s Festival (published in English and Tigrigna), distributed to over 3,000 girls during the Ashenda festival in August 2010.

An audio version of Silly Mammo.

Work has begun on a children’s library in the town of Adi Gudom.

For updated information check out Yohannes’ Facebook page or the Segenat Library Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Yohannes-Gebregeorgis/38777207917

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Segenat-Children-and-Youth-Library/161388783881687

Contact Yohannes at tigrayreads@yahoo.com

See the full press release at:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/ala-names-honorary-member

Yohannes Gebregeorgis, Project Director, Segenat Children and Youth Library

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