Barranquilla has only 8 public libraries, one works in this popular neighborhood.
If a barranquillero unsuspecting ask about the neighborhood La Manga, sure that, without up, will associate it with being the cradle of boxers that can be seen throwing horns in the air in a rustic gym raised on a closed solar with ramshackle cans and Pieces of wood.
You may also be sure that this is the site of dancers born of African rhythms and dances, those who rehearse on foot ‘ peel ‘ on any uncovered hill or street, under the sun that here seems to warm up more, and that brighten the parades of the carnival with its lush Movements.
It is safest to point out that it is the place where the stoves never go out as a way to keep alive the ancestral flame that gives rise to the corn buns and sweets that for generations whole families as the Cassiani have done in a handcrafted way and sell in The corners and the neighborhoods of Barranquilla.
And if you review media headlines about the news in this neighborhood of insurance that highlights those who realize the presence of gangs and criminal gangs that keep the sector in blood, fire and dagger the business of Microtraffic , which has sown mourning and pain in many families.
But beyond that imaginary of land where boxers, dancers, sweets and buns are born, and the stigma of red zone that drags this bend of the southwest of Barranquilla, of steep hills, living corner of the Afro-descendant culture, where they walk proud Black and black with cheerful laughter and big eyes, there are also exemplary stories that ‘ the gritty ‘ has already begun to copy and count.
An open Book
Bernard and Genesis are two 12-year-olds, who at their young age already hold a daily struggle for not falling into poverty traps. He lives with his grandparents and dreams of getting a fit to enter school. She came from undocumented Venezuela and is barely getting to know the culture of a country she received a year ago. He also wants to study.
The site where the stories of these children intersect is in Carrera 21, number 84-37, in a long street, without curbs, where in the middle of the block for 5 years the public library of the Barrio La Manga operates uninterruptedly.
They come here every day to study these children. Bernardo prepares in mathematics and social sciences to present the admission exam at the Colegio La Normal.
“They put some workshops and comes every day to study, has a lot of perseverance,” says Janer Perez, a young student of the fifth semester of children’s education at the University of Atlántico, who performs in the library his practices accompanying the Students and neighbors.
“Genesis is left by her parents here and sits down to read and asks for everything that has to do with Colombia, she hopes to solve the problem of the papers to enter the school,” adds Perez.
The site is an initiative of the Fundación Misión Social Colombia, whose manager and founder, Carmen Villalba was clear that the neighborhood where his grandparents grew up and lived was the ideal for his project to start creating cultural spaces in vulnerable sectors of Barranquilla.
Carmen, who comes from the publishing industry, is a business engineer, who bought a house and adapted for her project. The first endowment was received from the German School of Barranquilla, who delivered the chairs and desks, then airports in the Caribbean donated the money for the purchase of air conditioners.
The books came out of his personal library and many he bought with silver from his pocket. “Every time I travel I bought books, others I already had and some who have given me friends,” says Villalba.
Today the library has about 2,000 titles mostly children’s and juveniles ‘ literature, other areas of primary and secondary basic education, encyclopedias, books of general interest and university.
Silvia Cosiani, student of business management of the Seine and of attention to the early childhood of a corporation of higher education, arrives this morning warm to the library, after to look quietly for several minutes to the reporter graphic Carlos Capella shoot Endless gusts with the camera. It comes and takes to tell me how valuable this space is, not only for children and young people, but for the whole neighborhood.
“I come to do some tasks and also to the dance courses that dictate here.” “We need this place to grow,” says the young lady before she head into one of the books and forget about Capella and her camera.
The courses she refers to are the projects developed by the library as an extension service to the community in general. Here come housewives and neighbors to take courses in jewellery, music, dances and arrangements.
“This is not just a site full of books and chairs, it’s a meeting place for the neighborhood, where we also lead meetings to discuss with the police and neighbors issues such as security,” says Villalba, who also meets with young people with problems of Drug addiction and women victims of domestic violence.
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La Manga Library has managed to establish alliances with the neighboring schools, where it takes programs as a reading of my neighborhood, which supports the Secretary of Culture of the District; Forums and workshops are organized for students and teachers.
With the support of the mayor, he developed a reading program in slums of southern Barranquilla.
The reading workshops came to the houses of the culture of these sectors, accompanied by theatre and dance activities. These activities allowed him, in the 2013, to convert to the library of the Manga in one of the houses of culture that exist today in the city.
With the Reading program managed to attend 260 children in early childhood, 370 children, 110 adolescents, 50 adults, 35 community mothers and 30 teachers from nearby institutions. This year’s coverage is a little over 900 direct users.
Thanks to the dedication of Carmen Villalba and its foundation, he managed to become part of the national network of Public libraries. That is to say, the library of the Barrio La Manga is recognized by the Ministry of Culture and is already part of 1,424 libraries that the country has.
Not everything has been easy. The criminals have entered five times. The first was taken by the computers used by the children. Then they installed sensors and alarms, which has prevented them from continuing to steal, but they leave damage by forcing doors and breaking the sheets of the ceiling.
Today they ask for support from the private sector to finish building. There are 600 square meters unused. They want to extend the collection of titles, open a computer room and have a Wifi point that allows them to have connectivity with the other libraries.
And to show Colombia that in the Barrio La Manga, thanks to this space, its inhabitants rediscovered with the books and now have another story to tell, different from the one that speaks only of boxers, dancers and sellers of bun and Cocada, or the violent one that CU Are the media.
In 15 days, they open two libraries
The district of Barranquilla has no libraries of its own. The existing eight are part of private and particular initiatives that the district Secretary of Culture supports as a way to promote reading and study in the Atlantic capital.
To seal this debt with the city, in 15 days is expected to be inaugurated two public mounted libraries in the neighborhoods of San Pablo and Gardenias, in the southern sector of Barranquilla.
The libraries were sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Findeter and the district, which placed the Pregod.
The investment in the two buildings exceeds 800 million pesos. Libraries are now ready to go into operation.
“We are only waiting for the order of the Ministry of Culture,” said Carlos Montoya, advisor to the secretariat of Culture.
Montoya explained that the buildings were erected in an area of 1,000 square meters and has 200 under construction. The rest is for green areas and recreation. Each has about 2,500 titles of books, Internet connection, computer rooms, special design that allows the easy arrival of people in conditions of disability to their facilities.
“From here we will offer a whole program of workshops for the Houses of culture,” Montoya said.
These are the public bibliortecas of Barranquilla
In addition to the La Manga neighborhood, Barranquilla has only seven public libraries.
Combarranquilla: It has two strategically located libraries, whose main objective is to support the families affiliated to meet the needs of information, education and culture, through the development of activities that promote the taste for the Reading.
Julio Hoenigsberg: It is managed by brothers of Charity, non-profit society. It has about 2,000 tomes that for 16 years has put in the service of poor students and especially for early childhood.
Comfamiliar: With more than 30 years of founded, it carries out diverse activities in search of to promote the reading and the love of the Barranquilleros by the books. Its main headquarters is in the building located in the park of the founders.
La Paz neighborhood: From here is promoted the reading at least 11 slums of the southwest. It was created 31 years ago and has the support of the Ministry of Information and Communication technologies.
Caribbean Pilot: Born in 1994 as an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce. Today it is one of the most visited and they have the most complete collection of specialized titles, in addition to the pilot children’s Library of the Caribbean, located under the Museum of the Caribbean.
Departmental library: Works from 1922. In its history is that it was directed by the poetess Meira Delmar for 36 years, so it bears its name in homage to its career. It works in the center of the city and has a complete collection of books and good spaces for reading.
Antartica-195 years from the opening day
People have been attracted to travel all the time. The first was committed by a man in a stone age, more than a million years ago.
The history of the discovery of Russian travelers began with the blessing of Tsar Alexander I. In July 1819, the first Russian Antarctic expedition of Captain Thaddeus Faddeevicha Bellingshausen and Lt. Mikhail Petrovich was launched from Kronstadt. Lazarev. The challenge to the experienced seafarers was very serious: it was necessary to move towards the South pole at any cost as close as possible, “opening the path of unknown land”. On 28 January 1920, Antarctica was opened by Russian Mariners.
The theme of the Great Discoveries is the exhibition “Geographical Discoveries”, which contains books from Ojub funds. P. Duck. The publications may be of benefit to students of natural science, university lecturers and readers interested in the subject.
It’s a wreath. The Encyclopedia of Geographic Discoveries
The book, in an accessible, entertaining form, tells how people have opened the Earth. Readers are engaging in a fascinating journey with great discoveries.
Wenck, the Moscow Encyclopedia of Geographic Discoveries/a wreath. -M.: Pedagogy Press, 1999. -200: Ilyushin IL. (BBC 26.8 D)
“The Arctic is my home.” The history of the North in the biographies of famous people
The book tells of the brave travelers who have opened the hard north. The names of these people are the Arctic seas and the islands, the mountains and the Straits.
The Arctic is my home. The history of the North’s development in the biographies of famous people/DSGL. Magidovich-M.: The Northern Expanse, 2001. -280: Ilyushin IL. -(Popular Encyclopedia of Schoolchildren) (BBC 26)
History of geographical discoveries
The book speaks eloquently and entertainingly about the greatest scientific achievement and fascinating adventure of mankind, the history of geographical discoveries, and covers the period from III BC to the end of the twentieth century, revealing both the most famous and the obscure Travelers.
History of geographical discoveries/chapters. Red. M. D. Aksenov. -M.: Avanta +, 2000. -160: Ilyushin IL. -(Encyclopedia for Children Avanta +) (BBC 26.8)
R. Balandin. “100 Great Expeditions”
Columbus, Magellan, Cortés, Vasco de Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Yermak, Khabarov, Laptev, Przhevalsky, Krusenstern … What power has these great travelers attracted? The 100 Most outstanding expeditions that have altered our understanding of the Earth is the next book in the series.
Balandin, R. 100 Great Expedition/R. Balandin. -M.: The Council, 2010. -432: Ilyushin IL. -(100 Great) (BBC 26.8 D)
V.A. of stamps. “Historical portraits: Athanasius Nikitin, Semen Dezhnev, Ferdinand Wrangel …”
The book acquaints readers with the most prominent travelers of Russian history. This volume represents the lives of the renowned seafarers and pioneers of the 15th-19th century.
Stamps V.A. Historical portraits: Athanasius Nikitin, Seed Dezhnev, Ferdinand Wrangel …/V.A. mark. -M.: Art; Astrel; Keeper, 2006. -445: Ilyushin IL. -(Russian travellers) (BBC 26.8 D)
T.U. Lubchenkova. The most famous travelers in Russia
The book is dedicated to great Russian travellers, worthy their glory and recognition. Among the characters in the book, readers will also meet the seeds of Dezhnev, and Yegor Khabarova, and Vitus Bering, and Nikolai Maclay-Maclay…
Lubchenkova T.U. The most famous travelers of Russia/T.U. Lubchenkova. -M.: The Council, 2001. -464: Ilyushin IL. -(most famous) (BBC 26.8 D).
Reading is one of the cornerstones for acquiring knowledge. Read, reading, is one of the best skills we can acquire. She will accompany us throughout our lives and allow her to acquire knowledge, and to understand the world and everything around us. Also that we can travel anywhere without moving anywhere or that we can be the person we want to be for a moment. and is that reading opens the doors of knowledge and gives wings to our inspiration and imagination.
This ability transferred is more than necessary. The reading will mark and influence our way of being and, therefore, our lives. From the very small they teach us the letters and words in the commendable (and necessary) action of the teaching. We are all able to remember those first moments of reading and who was on our side to teach us (teachers, relatives …), without realizing the importance that it had.
Everything around us is reading. Right now you are reading this text and a while ago you were reading a note in the elevator, a book, a recipe for cooking or a postcard. Reading is communication. Reading is essential to be connected to the world and to people. Without reading we, we would have no information and it would cost us more to imagine. Reading is essential and it is something that we must feed throughout our lives.
No one can forbid to read, just as they cannot forbid to think or imagine. We are free to do it at the moment we create and to read what we want. Reading keeps us alive and connected. It makes us feel part of something. And there are a lot of reasons why reading is more important to our lives. Non-exclusionary reasons for each other and may not even have been collected in the following points. After all, reading makes us free and we can feel its benefits in many ways.
Why reading is important to all of us
- It increases our curiosity and knowledge.
- Keeps us informed.
- Awaken our imagination.
- It feeds inspiration and raises ideas.
- It allows us to connect and put ourselves in the skin of other people/characters.
- Exercise to our brain: Wakes neural pathways, activates memory …
- It makes us remember, know and learn.
- Free Our emotions: joy, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, love …
- It keeps us busy, entertaining and distracted.
- It allows us to disconnect and to evadamos the world.
- Lets you know/discover/explore the world better.
- It allows us to know ourselves better.
- Makes us able to share/recommend our readings: news, books, articles …
- Helps the comprehension of texts, improves grammar, vocabulary and writing.
- Facilitates communication.
- It makes us feel active.
- And that we can concentrate.
- It allows relaxation, rest and even is able to reduce stress.
- It makes us look at the topics we are most interested in.
- It allows us to grow as people.
Summer is always a good time to review the list of books to read and collect readings for those months. And we have more free time to devote to books, and to relax, enjoy and disconnect from the monotony of day to day with them. Sometimes such are the number of books we would like to read that we are not able to decide for one or the other. That is where the read reviews and recommendations of people of our trust come into play.
We can read reviews on the Internet that make us discard or opt for a title or other. There is also the option to rely on recommendations from family, friends, booksellers and librarians. Today we would like to keep the recommendations given by the librarian and know what books are recommended for us to read this summer.
We already warn you that none of the books you recommend for reading are in the bestselling books, nor do they even appear within the most-borrowed books in libraries. and is that libraries are loaded with great books and do not necessarily have to be so well known and required by their users. Great books and writers to know and recognize … and what better to start with that recognition by library staff.
Before passing the list we would like to thank the participation of librarians who have helped us in their elaboration: Carme phenoll, Remedios de Vicente, Ariel Brito, Nuria Martínez Rey, cello Veiga García, David Alonso, Alessandro Pierozzi, Julio Alonso Arévalo, Rafael Ibáñez and Nieves González … thank you very much for your recommendations!
Books recommended by librarians to read in this summer:
- Walnut Shell
Recommended by Carme Phenoll. Director of the Library of Palafrugell (Girona).
Writer: Ian McEwan
Trudy has an adulterous relationship with Claude, her husband John’s brother. This poet and poetry editor is a depressive dreamer with a tendency to obesity whose marriage is disintegrating. Claude is more pragmatic and works in real estate business. The couple of lovers conceive a plan: to assassinate John poisoning. The reason: A Georgian mansion valued at about eight million pounds, which, if John dies, will inherit Trudy.
But it turns out that there is a witness to this criminal machination: the fetus that Trudy carries in her bowels. And in a somersault of triple somersault that seems impossible to sustain but it comes round, McEwan turns the fetus – who have not yet named because it is not born – in the narrator of the novel, from the first page to the last.
- US at night
Recommended by Remedios de Vicente. Technical Coordination Unit of the Technical branch of the Book of the community of Madrid.
Writer: Kent Haruf
Publisher: Random House Literature
Louis Waters and Addie Moore carry much of their lives being neighbors in the peaceful town of Holt in Colorado. Both widowed years ago and just franked the doors of old age, so they have had no choice but to get used to being alone, especially in the most difficult hours, after nightfall. But Addie’s not willing to make it. In the most natural way, he decides to make an unexpected visit to his neighbor: I wondered if you would come and spend the nights with me. and talk … ‘. In the face of such a surprising proposal, Louis cannot do anything but accede.
At first they feel strange, but night after night they are known again: they speak of their youth and their marriages, of their past hopes and their present fears, of their achievements and errors. The intimacy between the two is growing and, in spite of the gossip of the neighbors and the misunderstanding of their own children, they glimpse the real possibility of spending the rest of their days together.
- Forbidden Miracles
Recommended by Ariel Brito. Library Assistant at the Municipal Public Library Dolores Campos-Herrero (las Palmas de gran Canaria)
Writer: Alexis Ravelo
Agustín Santos roams the mountains of La Palma with a revolver he doesn’t want to use. Among his pursuers is Flora the Huron, a suitor rejected by Agustin’s wife, who has the perfect opportunity to get rid of his rival. Meanwhile, in the capital of the island, Emilia is hardly hopeful that her husband will be able to get safe, increasingly convinced that only a miracle could make something like this happen. But in the winter of 1936 the Fascists seem to have banned everything … even miracles.
- Courageous 1. Women who only do what they want
Recommended by Nuria Martínez Rey. Library technician at the municipal libraries of Coruña.
Writer: Pénélope Bagieu
Fifteen portraits of fifteen unthinkable women who reinvented their destiny and changed ours. From scientists, actresses or activists, these women are courageous, daring, determined and struggled to achieve their dreams and succeed in their respective historical periods. Many of them blew up social prejudices and showed us that courage and perseverance is not just a matter of men. Some examples are: Wu Zetian, Empress China who created an outline of the current labor law and established the merits to be able to access public office; Margaret Hamilton, the “frightening” actress specializing in roles of evil that made of her strange beauty a reference in Hollywood; Or Agnodice, Greek gynecologist who had to dress up as a man to be able to work and get women to practice medicine in their country.
Recommended by cello Veiga Garcia. Library assistant at the Biblioteca Sara Suárez Solís (Oviedo) and the Library of Tudela Veguín (Oviedo).
Writer: Ulises Bértolo
Publisher: Ediciones Carena
Sandra Marquez could remain a guardiacivil more of the historical heritage Unit, but the murder in strange circumstances of a bland official in the monastery of Uclés (Cuenca) makes him rethink his own convictions as agent of the Authority. From the hand of a unprejudiced mind like that of Lebanese Professor Thomas Noah, he discovers that the two clues left by the murderer in the scene of the crime-a strange coin of the year 771 and a picture of the XVI century of anonymous author-may be encrypting a convoluted message of deep intellectual draught. Has the killer deliberately left those tests? What do you intend to do with it? Who has so much power to act like that from the shadow?
Orthodoxia is a fast-paced story about the megalomania of certain religious ambitions and the value of commitment to uphold a belief over the centuries. But above all, it is an invitation to distance itself from the literal readings of reality and open up to new viewpoints. The prize for giving up certain convictions may be to find a secret lost in the nebula of the Times.
- The story of the Maid
Recommended by David Alonso. Assistant Library technician in the Constitutional Court.
Writer: Margaret Atwood
In the Republic of Gilead, Defred’s body only serves to procreate, as imposed by the strict rules established by the Puritan dictatorship that dominates the country. If defred rebels — or if, accepting to work reluctantly, he is not able to conceive — death in public execution is awaiting or banishment to colonies in which he will succumb to toxic waste pollution. Thus, the regime controls with iron hand until the most very details of the life of the women: its food, its clothing, even its sexual activity. But no one, not even a despotic government behind the supposed mandate of an almighty God, can govern a person’s thinking. Much less his desire.
The dangers inherent in mixing religion and politics; The endeavour of all absolute power to subjugate women as a step towards subjugating the entire population; The uncontrollable force of desire as a transgressive element: they are just a sample of the subjects that this heartbreaking story addresses, seasoned with the subtle sarcasm that constitutes the hallmark of Margaret Atwood. A universal writer who, with the passing of time, does not cease to amaze with the lucidity of her ideas and the potency of her prose.
- The Library of rejected books
Recommended by Alessandro Pierozzi. Deputy Director of the Public library Luis Rosales in Carabanchel (Madrid).
Writer: David Foenkinos
In Crozon (Brittany), a librarian decides to house all the manuscripts that have been rejected by the editors. While on vacation in the Breton town, a young editor and her husband writer visit the library of rejected books and find in it a masterpiece: The Last Hours of a love story, a novel written by a Henri Pick, deceased two years Before.
Pick ran, along with his widow Madeleine, a pizzeria, and according to her she never read a single book and much less wrote anything other than the shopping list. Did the author have a secret life?
- Mogador Quintet
Recommended by Julio Alonso Arévalo. Head of the translation and Documentation Library at the University of Salamanca.
Writer: Alberto Ruy Sánchez
Air devoured by the water that absorbs the earth and its gardens, which consumes the fire avidly. View as a whole and with amazement, she thinks by looking at the spiral circles of the Mogador quintet, this room of tiles and calligraphy that we have built is like a machine to help us live and think the desire. A place where a thousand and one stories, revelations and ideas, for more than 20 years we interweave. And one can wander between circles and pieces with enormous unwrapping. The taste of reading to jumps and at times, to look at random, to listen for pleasure what we please of all that offer to us.
- The siren of Gibraltar
Recommended by Rafael Ibáñez. Library Assistant at the Municipal Library of Burgos.
Writer: Leandro Pérez
Madrid, June 2013. “Against Gibraltar, politics is no longer worth”, says Juan Torca, a woman who wants me to murder two Gibraltar prostitutes. A month later Rebecca’s naked body
Cruz appears in the Manzanares. Torca contemplates how the corpse is extracted from the river and promises: “The man who killed you is already dead.”
But Torca will not only try to hunt down the murderer, also try to protect the twin sisters of Rebecca, Maddie and Lisa, two swimmers known as the Sirens of Gibraltar.
An absorbing thriller starring a character as memorable as magnetic, Juan Torca, a former soldier and mercenary who will have to face a plot full of intrigue, dangers and lies.
What’s behind Becca Cruz’s death? A serial killer, a conspiracy, or passions like hate or love?
- Everything I Loved
Recommended by Nieves González. Responsible for the economic and Business Library of the University of Seville.
Writer: Siri Hudsvedt
The appreciation for a painting by Bill Wechsler takes the art historian Leo Hertzberg to want to meet his author. A deep friendship, based equally on affinities and contrasts, will unite them since then, and will also include their families. Over the years three women orbit in their universe: Erica, the beautiful teacher married to Leo, and the two wives of the painter. But when a tragic death unexpectedly shakes the world of these characters, among them arises a new order, under which beats a dark deceit that will end up becoming a threat of unforeseeable consequences.
Student success also resides in the presence and use of school libraries. They are responsible for providing information and ideas to their educational community, as well as providing the necessary skills for their learning and those responsible for developing their curiosity and imagination. and is that school libraries, despite those who weigh, are essential within the educational institutions.
The school library is an essential element of any long-term strategy to literacy, educate, inform and contribute to economic, social and cultural development.
UNESCO talks about the importance of the school library in its manifesto prepared with IFLA. This manifesto mentions the role of the school library in teaching and learning, its mission, financing, legislation and networks, its objectives, its personnel and its functioning and management.
The school library offers learning services, books and other resources that allow all members of the school community to forge critical thinking and effectively use information in any format and media. School libraries are connected to the vast network of libraries and information, in accordance with the principles of the UNESCO Manifesto on the public library.
It refers to the importance of the librarian’s figure. This must be the connector of the information in any support and format with your educational community. It also mentions that they must be competent professionals in the planning of different techniques of use of the information and to support teachers and students in their evolving and training. It also refers to the importance of cooperation between librarians and teachers in favor of the student. As we discussed a while ago, there is a strong relationship between the performance of students and school libraries.
It has been shown that, when librarians and teachers cooperate, students achieve higher levels of basic knowledge, reading, learning, problem solving, and competencies in information and communication technologies.
It also refers to the collection of the school library, which should not be subject to any kind of ideological, political or religious censorship … nor elaborated by commercial pressures. And to have the necessary funding to meet their objectives.