La Biblioteca Los Almendros Library held a reflective meeting focused on reading, with the participation of five young people from CORPEB, who in turn participate in the workshops of the Centro Ocupacional Hortiterapéutico (COH)
At the end of each of the modules that contain these workshops, the Library intervenes to carry out this reading encounter. These spaces serve as an invitation to meet through stories, poetry and songs. "They are moments to talk about topics that raise us readings and get to know each other a little more", expressed from the Library, explaining, in addition, that, as many of the activities of these times, the meeting is carried out through the Zoom platform.
The book chosen on this occasion to read was "La otra orilla" (The other shore). After the reading, the participants reflected on the story of Gabriela and Nicolás, protagonists of this story, and how they were able to break down all barriers. "We discovered that we also break down barriers and build bridges to create bonds with those around us," concluded the Library.
What is Los Almendros?
Through socio-cultural activities and inserted in a vulnerable neighborhood in northern Santiago, the Library seeks to participate in the formation of social change actors in the midst of its surroundings.
Chile is part of the most unequal countries in the world, and the five most unequal in Latin America. This reality is presented in a very concrete way in Huechuraba, commune in the north of Santiago in which the headquarter of Fondacio in Chile is located. Here, low-income neighborhoods border high-income sectors and a business city. The Library was born in 2002 at the intersection of these worlds. This location allows not only to operate as an actor in the social development of a neighborhood that stands out for its educational and cultural poverty, but also to be a meeting place for different audiences.
Biblioteca Los Almendros welcomes children, young people and adults from the commune to offer a rewarding reading experience in a friendly and welcoming space.
It seeks to be a place where groups of all ages meet to enhance their talents, their expression skills, their creativity and enjoy the different artistic languages through the many proposed activities. It is about integral education, of forming creative and safe beings, actors of social change in their environment.
The project also focuses on reading promotion, seeking to bring the child and his family closer to the world of books from a playful and meaningful look for the construction of his personality. Create networks with the different institutions of the sector in pursuit of the construction of a reading community.
In addition to being a place open to the public, provided with books and games of all kinds to lend and that has a green space for outdoor activities, the library is a key cultural and recreational instance in the sector. Its activities are aimed at different audiences: families, children, teenagers and adults.