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Let’s Encourage Children to Read

By Karla Ortiz

The program “Vamos a Leer”’ (Let’s Read) is a project that encourages children to read and provides support to communities close to San Miguel, so children can access a library in their own school.

The project came to the Kinder Rosario Castellanos in the community of Presa Allende on August 26. Students were there when the books were delivered. Inspector Lolita Rosales, teachers Juan Saavedra and Patricia Camargo Zúñiga, Erika Álvarez from the Department of Science and Technology, Sandra Suaste, the business development manager of La Biblioteca, Beatriz Reyes Juárez, the principal of the school, and parents of the 40 children all toured the library.

“It’s very important to me that the project is supporting the children’s learning and encouraging them to be good readers,” commented Beatriz Juárez.

According to Notimex statistics, people in Mexico spend an average of 38 minutes reading a day, and a little over 50 percent of the reading population say that they have been taught to read by their parents.

“This project is essentially aimed at preschool children who are invited to take a book, even though many of them still can’t read, smell it, read it, and enjoy traveling across the planet, the universe, and time via their books. Through reading, children feed their imagination, and it’s an important way to develop their creativity,” commented Lolita Rosales.

According to the Mexican Foundation for the Promotion of Reading, on average Mexicans read two books per year, while in Spain people read 7.5, and in Germany, 12.

The Municipal Presidency, in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology and the Public Library, has encouraged the project to return after being inactive for six months because the library management moved. “Let’s read” is resurfacing with the aim of encouraging reading and providing feedback on reading in rural communities. The program of providing mini-libraries has also resumed.

“The best thing that we can give our children is education, and that includes the promotion of reading and a love for books. That is why it started this program,” commented Lolita Rosales.

The event will be held on the last Saturday of each month for the benefit of a group of students from a certain community previously selected by the library. The selected school or kindergarten will be given a donation of fifteen books. These books will be added to their rural mini-libraries. Beatriz Juárez commented that they will complete the libraries in their schools with these books. “We have some details to finish, but this project helps us a lot because we can complement our educational endeavors by encouraging children to read.” The students of the selected schools will become acquainted with the facilities of the library with a small tour that will take place the same day the books are delivered. This will encourage the students to join the library community in its workshops, and their parents can take them there every Saturday. At the end of the tour and the workshops, children will be able to access the Santa Ana Theater, where they will be shown a children’s film. “With the program, ‘Vamos a Leer,’ the children can come and see what the library is and they will know that there is a place there for each one of them,” added Sandra Suaste.

The donated books are duplicates and are intended to expand the mini-libraries of kindergartens in rural communities. “We also lend books from the school library, and parents can take books home, so that they are also encouraging their children to read,” added Beatriz Juárez.

If you want to support the development of your child’s intellect and creativity, here are some keys that the Children’s Reading Club of Peru recommends:

-       Encourage dynamic reading by introducing reading through various activities.

-       Show your child fun options; not everything has to be heavy reading.

-       Give your child freedom to choose what he/her is going to read.

-       Set up a special room for reading that is quiet and without any distractions so as to  provide a pleasant experience.

-       Make up stories and have a show in which they can read the parts. You can even add puppets.

-       Children often repeat what they see, plus you can read to them at home from time to time. They will want to do this too.


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