|Photos of Starobelsk English Club|
I just received this good news from Starobelsk, where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years, 2009-11: the Starobelsk Public Library has received 15 computers from the Bibliomist project. At last. Hurray. Ура! What fantastic news!
We started the process in Starobelsk in the fall of 2009. That's when I read about the project online and immediately got information to share with the local public Library. The Library was skeptical at first. Some of you remember my blogging about it.
My models were our fantastic American libraries, but most Ukrainian libraries, especially in small towns and in the east, were far from that model. Very far. Most didn’t have computers; used old card catalogue systems; did not encourage borrowing; did little community outreach.
The USAID “Windows on
I raised funds ($800) from friends in the US for computer installation preparation, essential but not the most exciting part of the project. With help from Marat Kurachevsky at Peace Corps headquarters and Bibliomist staff, the Library received a $2,500 grant to reach out to teachers and develop a "sister" partnership with an American library, the
Peace Corps does makes a difference, one community at a time, from the bottom up, all over the world!