Pierre-Claver Ilboudo talked the other day about making books more accessible. Well, here are some people who are doing just that. Friends of African Village Libraries are doing some great work to raise the profile of books and literacy here in Burkina Faso. They take buildings donated by the community and turn them into libraries, stocked so far as possible with books by African authors. It’s a great idea and their stand at FILO this week was by far the most inspiring stand on site. I shall be keeping a close eye on the FAVL blog, which combines West Africa gossip and opinion with a genuine passion for books and libraries. Amongst other things, they have produced a series of delicious-looking Reading West Africa books, which everyone at FILO wants but can’t have.
According to their ‘About’ page, “FAVL operates under the belief that true development can only happen when people are empowered by access to information and the habits of reading and critical thinking.” Too right.