IFLA WORLD LIBRARY and INFORMATION CONGRESS 2015 in CAPE TOWN

 

Lemonade stand at Rainbow Riders, the preschool where the book odyssey began.
Lemonade stand with hard-selling Rainbow Riders hugging their teacher Emma Lambertson at the Childcare Center where the book odyssey began. (Click on the picture to see a clearer version.)

RAINBOW RIDERS PRESCHOOL IN BLACKSBURG, VA, DELIVERS 50 LBS OF BOOKS & TOYS TO SOUTH AFRICAN FRIENDS 8,000 MILES AWAY

Monena and Nathan Hall, both librarians at Virginia Tech, asked Paul if he might know of a way to get toys and learning materials donated by the children in a daycare in Virginia to a remote pre-school in South Africa. Paul was able to check in one suitcase free, but how does one get the materials from Cape Town to Wolmaranstad, 1,188 kilometers (738 miles) away? By asking a librarian, of course! Paul contacted his hat-exchanging friend of a year earlier, Senovia Welman, Librarian at the University of the Free State, South Africa, for ideas. She was part of the awesome group of South African librarian volunteers assisting IFLA, and soon had it “sorted,” enlisting the help of librarians from the North West Province. For the complete story, please see the ALA’s American Libraries online story by George Eberhart entitled “Fifty Pounds of Books, Paper, and Toys Delivered to South African Preschoolers.”

IFLA 2015 Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section Report

For my official ALA ALCTS Delegate Report please see here.