Monthly Archives: October 2016

Ideas Box Launches in Yungngora Aboriginal Community

In September this year, staff from the State Library of Western Australia delivered the Ideas Box to the Yungngora Aboriginal Community near Fitzroy Crossing in the West Kimberley. The Ideas Box is a revolutionary portable library which provides access to information, cultural heritage and education. The project is delivered in collaboration with the Yungngora community and has enabled training and employment for two community based Aboriginal staff members. It includes multiple forms of literacy, from books and magazines, to digital cameras, laptops and tablets, as well as board games, and a TV for film screenings.


Student at the Kulkarriya Community School at the Launch of the Ideas Box 14 September 2016 Yungngora Community

The Ideas Box is a national and international collaborative project between Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders LWB ) based in France, and the State Libraries of Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia.  The project commenced in 2012 when LWB a not for profit international organisation based in France which aims to promote access to information and culture for vulnerable populations, worked with designer Phillipe Starck on the concept of an innovative device to  enable access to information for people emerging from humanitarian crisis. The box was first installed in African and Syrian refugee camps in Burundi, Rwanda, Jordan and Lebanon and since then has been installed all over the world including in Brooklyn and Paris, to provide information and learning access to vulnerable metropolitan populations.

LWB first presented the Ideas Box at the IFLA Conference in Lyon in 2014 where it sparked the interest and excitement of CEOs and staff from Australian state and public libraries who had the vision to see its potential for delivery in remote Indigenous communities, who face some of the same barriers in accessing information and learning. The implementation in Australia has focused on building literacy, digital literacy and access to cultural heritage, stories and creativity. In both Western Australia and Queensland community members have been trained and employed to manage and evaluate access to the box and its resources.


Elizabeth Spencer A/Director Community Learning and Discovery State Library of Western Australia and Senior Yungngora Community member Mavis Kennedy, 14 September Ideas Box Launch Yungngora Community


The Ideas Box program was presented again at the recent 2016 ALIA National Conference in Adelaide by Libraries Without Borders and State Library of Queensland, and was extremely well received, generating a large amount of conversation throughout the week. Conference delegates were particularly interested in talking to staff from Queensland and Western Australia about the specific challenges of installing the box in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

The WA launch took place in the grounds of the Kukarriya Community School where the box will be located for the next six months. It was a great success, with many community members from young to old attending and enjoying what the Ideas Box had to offer. A lunch was provided by the community, and teachers struggled to tear the younger students away from the games, i pads, books and films. The Ideas Box will remain at the Yungngora Aboriginal Community for a period of approximately six months, followed by an evaluation of the pilot program and potential delivery into more communities.

For further information about this project please contact Elizabeth Spencer Acting Director Community Learning and Discovery on 08 9427 3238

Arca das Letras Rural Community Library – Agrarian Development Ministry Program






To bring knowledge to rural communities by encouraging access to books and reading habits is the proposal of Arca das Letras Rural Libraries Program, created in 2003 by the Department of Agrarian Reordering of Agrarian Development Ministry.

If the community wishes to receive a library, it has to organize and identify among its residents, at least two people who will be “reading agents” that volunteer to define the best place to install and take care of the library. The Arca das Letras Program introduce the community in the program to receive its collection and promotes reading agents training.

There are about 200 books in the Library collection, separated into themes such as children’s literature, young’s literature and adult’s literature, textbooks and technical, which will be organized in a wood furniture of standardized format and size.



The reading agents becomes fundamental piece to motivate the community around rural library by conducting campaigns to enlarge the collection; organizing cultural events and celebrations; and transformation of the library into a dynamic space.


For the implementation of rural libraries, the Ministry of Agrarian Development is responsible for the financial resources of the transport logistics of books and people. The program has the support of a network of partners to manufacture library furniture and to receive the donation of books and publications. This network is made up of public and private institutions, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations of public interest, federations and unions of rural workers, social movements, states, municipalities, schools, other public and private libraries, urban population, publishers and artists.

Since its launch in 2003 until August 2016, Arca das Letras Program has implemented 11,354 libraries in five regions of Brazil, in 2,501 municipalities, benefited 1,275,081 of rural families, distributing 2,435,919 books, and trained 20,017 reading agents.


Community Library in Brazillian Legal Amazon






Vaga Lume (Fireflies) Association supports libraries creation and promotes cultural exchange between rural communities in Brazilian Legal Amazon.

Vaga Lume Association was born fifteen years ago and its objective is to improve book and reading access for the youth of 149 rural communities of 23 cities in Brazilian Legal Amazon, at the same time of local cultural appreciation.

This project is given by Expedition Program which has three pillars in its methodology based in the encourage of local culture: the library structure donation that includes books, bookcase and mats ; the education of community volunteers as reading mediators that includes project promotion; and yet, the promotion of community library management, its maintenance and operation.

All actions should be implemented together since they are complementary and stimulate the taste for reading in children and teenagers but also in adulthood. By the public incorporation in their daily, rural education improvement, in short and long term, is expected.

Some of the operation libraries:

Luz do Saber Library, Terra Nova Community, City of Barcelos (AM)


 Luz do Saber (Light of Knowledge) was the name chosen by local residents for the community library then called Vaga Lume and created in 2011 when the first reading mediators had their graduation. Its base was built in 2013 by the hands of Terra Nova (New Earth) Community residents and its made by wood, fenced and covered with straw, valuing its cultural elements.

Estrela da Manhã Library, Cairara Community, City of Tefé (AM)


Estrela da Manhã (Morning Star) Community Library is located next to Tefé municipal school and on the Caiambé river. It was built in wood under blockhouse and house nearly 350 books sent by Vaga Lume since 2008 when the Expedition Program reached the community.

Vaga Lume Library, Tapiíra Community, City of Barcelos (AM)


Vaga Lume Library is located on Tapiíra Community in the city of Barcelos and was created in 2006. In the beginning it took place in the community’s school classroom where reading mediations were done with the students. In 2013, with the support of all, the Library base was built where its teacher and local leader, Rosany Soares da Silva, begun to coordinate the operation with the graduated team and other volunteers.

Alberto Ribeiro – Nosso Contador de Histórias Community Library, Vista Alegre Community, City of Caracaraí (RR)


In Alberto Ribeiro Community Library the children are the truly library managers and everyday they organize plays, musical presentations and also reading mediations

Beija-Flor Library, Tracajatuba Community, City of Macapá (AP)


Beija-Flor Library is located in Tracajatuba Community in the city of Macapá and was created in 2008. Its own base was built by the community under the leadership of a teacher called Marcio. As the people begun to feel part of the project they start to to run library’s management activities. Today, they are the main responsible for library’s operation.

Win a scholarship to the next 2017 NEXT Library Festival


EIFL and Aarhus Public Libraries are inviting public and community librarians from developing and transition economy countries to apply for scholarships to attend the 2017 Next Library International Festival in Aarhus, Denmark. The 2017 Next Library Festival takes place from 11 – 14 June 2017 in Dokk1 – Aarhus’s award-winning public library building. It brings together forward-thinking library professionals, innovators and decision-makers from around the world – people who are pushing boundaries and making changes to support learning in the 21st century.

  •  The call is open to public and community librarians who are currently working in a library and who have a minimum of three years’ experience and a maximum of 10 years’ experience as a librarian or information professional.
  • The scholarship covers travel to Denmark, visa costs, the conference fee, and all local conference-related travel, accommodation and subsistence.
  • The deadline for applications is 7 November 2016 – so start applying now!

For full details and to find an application form head to our web site

The Tyre Repair Shop Library






The Tyre repair shop library called ‘Borrachalioteca’ in portuguese, is a community library based in Caieiras neighborhood in Sabará/Minas Gerais, Brazil. Created in 2002 by Marcos Túlio Damascena this project came from the interest in daily reading by his father’s shop clients which led to an installation of a bookcase filled with some book materials. This initiative received the Viva Leitura Prize in 2007 from Ministry of Culture, Education and Iberoamerican States Organization for Education Science. Besides that the project also integrates the national network of community libraries.

Tulio Dasmaceno  (creator) and his father

Tulio Dasmaceno (creator) and his father

The collection and service are distributed in three units: Son Salvador room in Cabral neighborhood (2008); House of Arts in Central neighborhood which gives place to Cordelteca Olegário Alfredo (2010) and Release Space for Reading in Sabará Prison (2010).


Among the activities and services offered to community are the loan books, internet computer access, cultural workshops, artistic performances, exhibition Cordel, reading mediation, storytelling and other reading promotion projects as Light Collection distribution (a book which periodically publishes literary works distributed for free) and Bread and Poetry participation project which disseminates poetic texts in bread packages specially made for the occasion.


The Tyre repair shop library  was the first community library in national territory to coordinate a Literary Party. It also brought city seminars, cultural attractions, authors, illustrators, storytellers and work shoppers presence that made the whole city breathe literature. Around five thousand books were distributed for free in the two editions of the event. As the city doesn’t have any bookstore a library was set up in an open space to give the students of the state the opportunity of exchange worth books for new books and also the chance to talk in person to authors and illustrators.

The Tyre repair shop library, with its different way of interpreting the world, opens doors to literary development by promoting book access as a human inalienable and unrestricted right.

Community Libraries in Brazil






The number of public libraries is insufficient in Brazil and does not meet the demand of the population. For this reason civil society has been articulated to create and maintain “Community Libraries” to meet the demands in different parts of the country. Some of these experiences will be reported on this month. The first experience is happening in a unusual place, “Community Library Paths of Reading: the library of the cemetery”.


The Brazilian Institute for Studies and Community Support – Ibeac is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, created in 1981 with the mission of “Acting in strengthening education and a culture of human rights, participatory and solidarity citizenship.” Since the 1990s focuses on developing Youth Community Agents, who, from the management of community libraries, become a reference for their families, for other young people and their communities.

The Community Library Paths of Reading was born of Ibeac’s decision to focus its actions in a region with low socio-economic indicators to change what was found. Thus it reached Parelheiros in 2008, when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrated 60 years and invited 60 young people to reflect on the absence of rights in their neighborhoods. The finding of the lack of cultural facilities was at the same time with the desire to have a community library.


The youth group Escritureiros (Writing Adventurers of Parelheiros) created a reading space in the basic health unit. Gradually the community library has become a reference for discussions and community needs, giving way to the first dental office in the neighborhood. Everyone mobilized to find a new location for the library. A location was indeed found: a gravedigger’s house inside a cemetery.

What could have been a cause for embarrassment and spookiness in fact became a source of pride for young people. After seven years, they have been carrying literary reading to babies, children, youth and adults; conducting training in schools, kindergartens and organizations; have had five projects supported by municipal department of culture; have participated in groups that discuss and presents proposals to the public representatives to improve educational, cultural and environmental policies; provides exchanges with other young Brazilians through social networks. The Ibeac, represented by its trainers and the youth, have been reporting in several seminars and conferences in Brazil its practice of cultural, political and social formation to young people from peripheral areas. This video will give you a greater insight

Adriana Cybele Ferrari (Brazilian Federation of Library Association – FEBAB)