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Gamarra affirms that the Azcona library "adapts in summer to the needs of children and families"

The mayor of Logroño, Cuca Gamarra, visited this morning the small participants in the ‘Bebeteca 2017’, an activity for children from 2 to 4 years that is developing throughout this summer at the Rafael Azcona Library. Likewise, it has also advanced the complete programming designed by this municipal space for schools for the next school year, 2017-2018.

Like every summer, the Rafael Azcona Library adapts its schedules to summer holidays, since users have other needs.

“The summer programming of the Library has been adjusted to the new agenda of the children, keeping the variety in the activities and that the older ones can also have more options.” In total more than 150 children, aged between 2 and 12 years, have already spent during the summer months in this municipal area and have been able to enjoy their cultural and educational activities, “said the mayor.

The library’s programming for summer covers a broad audience, since both children and adults can find activities with a didactic nature and choose those that best fit their schedules and preferences among a large range of topics and days.

Thus, the mayor, who has shared a relaxed time with the children participating in the Bebeteca Summer, has shown his satisfaction with the evolution of the center. “It has become a cultural reference in the city and a dynamic day-to-day in the neighborhoods of San José and Madre de Dios, offering a service that goes beyond that of a library.”

Hence, the programming includes activities always related to the world of books, but very varied, “trying to get closer to the children, with proposals such as the one we are visiting today, as well as becoming an attractive space for other audiences, such as the one that comes to read the newspaper, to make a consultation or to study. “

In turn, the mayor recalled that since 2014 the Rafael Azcona Library is fully adapted for people with different capacities, with computers accessible for people with vision difficulties, for people with motor disabilities and for wheelchair users, in addition to It has bibliographic material for them.

The activity ‘Bebeteca. “Chapuzón de Cuentos” has been developed over several days throughout the summer and in total 60 children aged between 2 and 4 years have participated.

La Bebeteca is a playful space where the little ones, accompanied by an adult, find a place where they can create links between the elderly, children and reading. It is a means to introduce the little ones into the fantasy of the story through illustrations, songs and puppets.



Likewise, the Rafael Azcona Library has programmed a series of activities aimed at children from 5 to 12 years old in which more than a hundred students have participated. During the month of July, workshops on human dolls, Anatomical Trivial, Holes in the nose, Scabs were developed.

During this month of August, children have still enjoyed activities and storytelling: Eat it all, EVA rubber Masterchef, Tasty dishes, The rebellion of vegetables.



At the same time, the Rafael Azcona Library, with the aim of expanding the city’s cultural offer and trying to promote the habit of reading during summer days, has once again started up this summer the library service, open until December 31st. August from 17 to 21 hours, from Monday to Sunday (including holidays), at the Las Norias Sports Complex.

In figures, during the first month of operation (July) 732 users have passed through this space and 895 book loans have been made.



With the start of the school year, the Rafael Azcona Library offers day care centers and schools a very complete cultural and educational program in such a way that the little ones will be introduced to the world of stories and the older ones will be approached in a playful way to the services offered by the library and its standards.

“The programming of the Library for the next school year aims to offer schools various activities for educational entertainment and provide them with a first approach to this municipal space, which is a way to continue encouraging children’s and youth’s reading and participation in the center. “said Gamarra.

The objective is to raise awareness among students and teachers that the library is a very useful means to learn and complement the knowledge that is given in the classrooms and, in addition, it is an ideal leisure space for all audiences.

Specifically, the City Council of Logroño will organize activities directed, upon request, to students of all the cycles of infant and primary education.

Daycare activities are centered on dramatized stories and courses to learn the letters. The goal is to promote reading from an early age; Introduce traditional stories and encourage family reading

On the other hand, the activities for the students of Infantile Education pass through workshops of formation of users, to learn to place the books in the shelves or to find books that the children need without asking for help.

And, finally, the activities for the students of Primary Education focus on learning to use the resources of the library, to know the order and placement of the books and to teach the children to look for information through different electronic supports. In addition there are programmed formative activities on curricular content: We go to the museum; The talking snake; La Rioja exposed; Each feather flock together; Forming Words

All these activities are free and registration can be done, as of September 1, in person or by phone. The groups will be approximately one classroom and 45 minutes session.



On the other hand, the Rafael Azcona Library offers the service of collective loan to associations or any institution that requests it. They allow books and multimedia material to be removed from the library with special conditions.

An example is the schools that have the option of taking a batch of books and multimedia to strengthen knowledge on the subject they are giving at that time in class.

Also, nurseries and other institutions have the possibility to also take lots of books and add value to the services offered.

Anyone who wants to take advantage of these resources will need the institutional card of the Network of Libraries of La Rioja that would be managed for free.

SINCE 2012

The Library was inaugurated on October 24, 2012, coinciding with the birth day of the Rioja screenwriter Rafael Azcona and the International Library Day. The center “emerged with the aim of promoting reading from an early age and as a family, and to make traditional stories known, although over the years it has been reinforced with other activities, such as exhibitions and workshops,” said the mayor. .

This municipal library is located in the old Gonzalo de Berceo school, on Santos Ascarza street. It is an emblematic building in the city, the work of the prominent architect Fermín Álamo, inaugurated in 1927. To house this municipal center was rehabilitated and completed the set with two new buildings connected to each other, thus having a total of 4,400 meters squares.


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