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Librarians from Colombia Visit the Pratt

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By Cindy Kleback and Edwin Perez

The Southeast Anchor Library recently hosted a delegation of librarians from Colombia on the first stop of their tour of American libraries sponsored by the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. These librarians work in academic and public libraries in different cities in Colombia, such as Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena. During their two week visit to the U.S., they were going to visit libraries in multiple cities, such as Cleveland and Indianapolis.>

Librarians from Colombia and Pratt Staff

During their Baltimore visit, we gave them a tour of the library and answered their many questions about our collections and the services we provide in our community. They also shared how libraries operate in Colombia, and it was fascinating to learn how libraries in our two countries are similar and how they are different. For a bit of fun, we demonstrated our Buena Casa, Buena Brasa storytime program for them, and we loved that they kicked off their shoes, sat on the floor, and enjoyed the songs and rhymes with us!

Colombian Librarians at Buena Casa program

We hope to continue our exchange of information and ideas with our new friends, and we’ve even been invited to come visit them in Colombia!


La biblioteca Southeast Anchor de el sistema de bibliotecas públicas de Enoch Pratt recientemente organizó una delegación de bibliotecarios de Colombia en la primera parada de su gira de las bibliotecas americanas patrocinadas por el Departamento de Estado Internacional del Programa de Liderazgo para Visitantes. Estos bibliotecarios trabajan en bibliotecas académicas y públicas en diferentes ciudades de Colombia, como Bogotá, Medellín y Cartagena. Durante su visita de dos semanas a los EE.UU., irán a bibliotecas en varias ciudades, como Cleveland y Indianápolis.

Durante su visita en Baltimore, visitaron nuestra biblioteca y contestamos muchas preguntas sobre las colecciones y los servicios que ofrecemos en nuestra comunidad. También ellos compartieron cómo las bibliotecas funcionan en Colombia. Fue fascinante conocer cómo las bibliotecas en nuestros dos países son similares y en qué se diferencian. Por un poco de diversión, demostramos nuestro programa de cuentos Buena Casa, Buena Brasa, y nos encantó que se sintieron lo suficientemente cómodos para quitarse los zapatos, sentarse en el suelo, y disfrutar de las canciones y rimas con nosotros!

Esperamos continuar nuestro intercambio de información e ideas con nuestros nuevos amigos, e incluso hemos sido invitados a venir a visitar en Colombia!

The culture exchange in between countries is very interesting, promoting the finer points of Enoch Pratts Library to this group from Colombia was excellent, Colombia located in South America where has regions of diverse and fascinating culture offering more than just sun, sand and sea, it would be an enjoyable journey for the Enoch Pratt Free Library Staff.
Posted by: Pedro Perez Machado at 6/22/2012 6:09 p.m.

Great work Southeast Library. It looks like the Columbian Librarians had a great time and they can go back home with lots of good information about our library.
Posted by: Marilyn Jones at 6/23/2012 2:49 p.m.

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