Libros para Todos Hosts Teacher Training

By Susan Neulist

For Libros para Todos, the school year is beginning with a bang! On Saturday, September 5, we held our first-ever Teacher Training Workshop for primary grade teachers from many rural communities surrounding SMA as well as several from local schools.

Many of you know our program under the name of Libros sin Fronteras. We have now changed our name (due to a name conflict with another organization) to Libros para Todos. We have brought the love of reading to many children over the last two years by providing books and by bringing authors to meet them, sign their books, and talk about the importance of reading and education.

The teacher training was held at Sala Literaria in Belles Artes. It was run by Carmen Rioja, a writer who is also the Director of the Festival Internacional de Escritores y Literarura en SMA (Writers’ Conference), which has successfully brought the love of reading and writing to more and more Spanish speakers in our community. Armida Zepeda assisted her, and Daniela Franco was the liaison to the rural communities.

All of the teachers were given a copy of this year’s book, El Libro Salvaje, and were invited to learn more about it and its author, well-known Mexican Juan Villoro, who will be visiting their communities in November. Carmen worked with the teachers as if they were the students in their classes, using various exercises to encourage speaking and thinking about the various aspects of the book, both obvious and not so obvious. They read aloud, wrote in their notebooks, and when the workshop was finished, no one wanted to leave for the lunch that was provided for all.

“In Libros para Todos, we are not Mexicans and Americans trying to influence the primary schools in the rural communities. We are a team of promoters who speak the same language: books, reading and children,” said Almida Zepeda. Carmen Rioja added, “I loved being a volunteer teacher of teachers. We are very fortunate to have the support of Juan Villoro, author of El Libro Salvaje, a literary work of great importance that is revolutionizing the approach to reading among children, youth, and adults.”

As far as we know, this was the first time that teachers were invited for such a special workshop, giving them the attention that is well deserved as educators for our future.

This year’s plan is to provide 500 books to children. The communities have been chosen and during the next few weeks, the books will be delivered.

Please mark your calendar for November 11-14. Thursday, November 12 will be the event in San Miguel for English speakers, and Saturday, November 14, for Spanish speakers, both adults and children.

If you would like to donate to this worthwhile program, please visit our Indiegogo fundraising website at

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/libros-para-todos–3#/story.

 

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