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Meet the candidates: Adriana Cybelle Ferrari

Adriana Cybelle Ferrari
Brazilian Federation of Librarians’ Associations

I am a candidate for re-election (having served on the Standing Committee 2015-2019) and I would like to say that interaction at this moment with the Committee has been extremely enriching. I really wish to continue collaborating and learning, especially, to work with the revision of the Guidelines for Public Libraries, a project that is ongoing.

I was the coordinator of the projects – Biblioteca de São Paulo (launched in 2009 ) and Biblioteca Villa Lobos Park, (launched in 2015) which are considered references in promoting reading and citizenship. These libraries received national awards and were finalists of international awards.

I am the President of the Brazilian Federation of Librarians’ Associations (FEBAB) and for this reason, I strongly believe that at this political moment especially in Latin America, we must talk more about advocacy, spread the libraries´s work as a partners of  the 2030 Agenda. Is extremely important to make our voice reach out to decision makers! Libraries are being threatened and we can be an important advocated in defending this cause. The new Guidelines for Public Libraries will be an important tool for us!

For more information about voting for members of the Public Libraries Standing Committee take the time to read our post.

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.

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)