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The Aberri Etxea Basque Club in Viedma launches a program to support reading in quarantine, easy to replicate in other cities

05/18/2020

Program to “Support Reading and Accompaniment,” during the quarantine
Program to “Support Reading and Accompaniment,” during the quarantine

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Viedma, Argentina. The Aberri Etxea Basque Club in Viedma and Carmen de Patagones has adapted to the conditions imposed by the pandemic, and that is why some of its activities have become virtual, in particular Euskera classes and choir practices.  For its part, the Euskal Etxea library put a program in place, a couple of weeks ago, called “Promotion of Reading and Accompaniment” allowing members to ask for, and receive books on Basque themes at home, always respecting the measures of confinement.

According to Guillermo Jocano, director of the idea, “We have nearly 300 titles in an Excel archive and we sent that to members so that they may choose what interests them.  Once we receive the request (via email, gjocano@rnonline.com.ar,) we send the book(s) by taxi.  Books are checked out for 15 days with the option to renew,” he explained.

The only cost associated is the taxi.  It is very easy to replicate this program in any city that allows people to continue reading without leaving home, however, maybe less so in smaller places. Zorionak, Aberri Etxea!



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