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Buchstart Burgenland: mit Büchern wachsen/ Bookstart Burgenland: growing with books

Buchstart Burgenland: mit Büchern wachsen/ Bookstart Burgenland: growing with books

This Austrian family literacy project aims to involve numerous families into vivid local and regional networks of reading and learning.

Age group

Preprimary Age

Policy Area

Creating a literate environment,Increasing participation

People Involved

Volunteers, Families, Government and policy makers, Health and social workers, Librarians, Teachers, Educational specialists and Early childhood education and care workers

Objectives

  • to involve families into vivid local and regional networks of reading and learning

  • to strengthen the awareness of the importance of early literacy in public 

  • to foster social integration 

  • to develop and professionalize the participating libraries; build a structure of regional support, intensify exchange and advanced training, and promote their services

Abstract

Bookstart is an Austrian family literacy project which takes places in Burgenland, one of the nine federal states in Austria. It was originally created by the State Association of Burgenland Libraries in order to establish a wide and active library network, which will provide families with activities in the field of family literacy and reading comprehension. 

Librarians are the main actor of this project; they organize, promote and implement the activities together with other professionals, such as psychologists, writers, painters, publishers and booksellers. All partners contribute to the development of the necessary materials. Books, brochures, flyers, bags and posters are produced and aim to reach and invite as many families as possible. Once the target group is invited, the professionals organise numerous creative activities which foster family literacy and motivate the participants. 

The evaluation of the project has shown its fruitful outcome. In one year, many new libraries were founded, almost half of the families with newborns participated and libraries have created a strong relationship with kindergartners. The project is still ongoing. 

The federal government provided the needed funding for this project.

Project website

Buchstart

Project Materials

Materials

Handout

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