Title

Praler (For reading) - Reading Pleasures: Field for experiencing extension actions in living libraries

Submission Type

Paper Abstract Submission

Symposium Selection

Equity, diversity, and inclusion

Keywords

Reading; Literature; Living Library; Mediation; Territory; Social Vulnerability.

Abstract

Praler - Reading Pleasures, created in 2008 by the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, is a program that aims at promoting and developing the taste for reading in thriving populations that live in territories of social vulnerability. It is carried out in partnership with organizations interested in implementing and/or expanding reading actions and literature among their public. Mediation strategies vary according to the needs of target groups. SP Leituras - Paulista Association of Libraries and Reading, social organization of culture, has been a partner in the planning, implementing, monitoring and assessing of Praler since 2011.

Praler contributes to stimulating reading and building readerly behaviors, as well as ensuring the practice of cultural democracy in public spaces that are not specifically destined to this end, such as nursing homes, hospitals, orphanages, shelters, health centers, prisons and community organizations. The program counts on the donation of a collection of several publications and serialized interventions conducted by local agents and facilitators experienced in cultural mediation and reading.

Another principle of the program is to work as field for experiencing extension actions of living libraries for more than 700 units included in the São Paulo State System of Public Libraries.

The main goal of the program is to have the library, literature, books and reading as transformation tools for individual processes of social recovery, and for self-esteem and citizenship regain. Mediation actions aim at leaving a legacy of the learning acquired on reading mediation practices to the partner organization. Such learnings may then be reapplied by organizations’ own teams with continuous readerly practice and the free sharing of collections offered.

Specific goals to meet the demands of the organization, based on the needs of their public are established for each new partnership. As qualitative results, the program shows that reading and literature work as tools to create new bonds, promote affective and solidary social relations and stimulate readerly behaviors with a transforming and humanizing perspective of reading and writing, and also stimulate the interest in artistic and cultural production.

Methodologies and mediators are selected according to the target audience, organization and dynamics, and include actions of cultural education and promotion, such as storytelling, courses and workshops of reading mediation and literary production, soirées and slam poetry, among others.

From 2011 to 2020, 332 actions were implemented, with 9,859 participations in 58 different institutions of five municipalities in the State of São Paulo. Assessments with users, managers of the partner organization and facilitators are made in all interventions, with the aim of monitoring quantitative and qualitative results and consolidating the model and its flexibility characteristics to meet the needs aroused in interventions. Analyzing questionnaires is crucial for the process of mutual learning.

To learn more: Praler - Prazeres da Leitura l Vídeo institucional

Photos 2012-may/2021: http://siseb.sp.gov.br/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PRALER-2012-2021_Fotos-interven%C3%A7%C3%B5es.pdf

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Praler (For reading) - Reading Pleasures: Field for experiencing extension actions in living libraries

Praler - Reading Pleasures, created in 2008 by the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, is a program that aims at promoting and developing the taste for reading in thriving populations that live in territories of social vulnerability. It is carried out in partnership with organizations interested in implementing and/or expanding reading actions and literature among their public. Mediation strategies vary according to the needs of target groups. SP Leituras - Paulista Association of Libraries and Reading, social organization of culture, has been a partner in the planning, implementing, monitoring and assessing of Praler since 2011.

Praler contributes to stimulating reading and building readerly behaviors, as well as ensuring the practice of cultural democracy in public spaces that are not specifically destined to this end, such as nursing homes, hospitals, orphanages, shelters, health centers, prisons and community organizations. The program counts on the donation of a collection of several publications and serialized interventions conducted by local agents and facilitators experienced in cultural mediation and reading.

Another principle of the program is to work as field for experiencing extension actions of living libraries for more than 700 units included in the São Paulo State System of Public Libraries.

The main goal of the program is to have the library, literature, books and reading as transformation tools for individual processes of social recovery, and for self-esteem and citizenship regain. Mediation actions aim at leaving a legacy of the learning acquired on reading mediation practices to the partner organization. Such learnings may then be reapplied by organizations’ own teams with continuous readerly practice and the free sharing of collections offered.

Specific goals to meet the demands of the organization, based on the needs of their public are established for each new partnership. As qualitative results, the program shows that reading and literature work as tools to create new bonds, promote affective and solidary social relations and stimulate readerly behaviors with a transforming and humanizing perspective of reading and writing, and also stimulate the interest in artistic and cultural production.

Methodologies and mediators are selected according to the target audience, organization and dynamics, and include actions of cultural education and promotion, such as storytelling, courses and workshops of reading mediation and literary production, soirées and slam poetry, among others.

From 2011 to 2020, 332 actions were implemented, with 9,859 participations in 58 different institutions of five municipalities in the State of São Paulo. Assessments with users, managers of the partner organization and facilitators are made in all interventions, with the aim of monitoring quantitative and qualitative results and consolidating the model and its flexibility characteristics to meet the needs aroused in interventions. Analyzing questionnaires is crucial for the process of mutual learning.

To learn more: Praler - Prazeres da Leitura l Vídeo institucional

Photos 2012-may/2021: http://siseb.sp.gov.br/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PRALER-2012-2021_Fotos-interven%C3%A7%C3%B5es.pdf