ERIC Number: EJ714144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-1
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Cultural Connections: Open Your School to the World by Partnering with a Library Abroad
School Library Journal, v51 n6 p32 Jun 2005
What school library media coordinator could resist the opportunity to engage students in a cultural exchange with a library elsewhere in the world? Not this one. When the author saw she could use her library to inspire students in rural North Carolina to broaden their understanding of the world, she leaped at the opportunity. She linked the elementary school to a project at Appalachian State University (ASU) that helps keep the only children's library in Bolivia alive. The author discusses in this article how she partnered with a struggling Bolivian Library, involved the entire school, and in the process, learned that reaching out to touch kids in Bolivia taught her students that they can make a genuine difference in the world. There are few lessons more important than that.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Cultural Influences, School Libraries, Cultural Awareness, College Students, Elementary Schools, Exchange Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Bolivia; North Carolina