In this summer holiday, the National Library of Costa Rica opens a window to creativity through the free literature workshops that it makes available to children, in virtual format.
On this occasion, four workshops are offered, three of them given by the singer-songwriter Natalia Esquivel, as well as one given by the writer Carlos Rubio.
“The National Library considers it very important to foster a love of reading in children; to bring them closer to literature and to stimulate creativity, as options for enjoying their holidays through workshops with writers. In addition, this offer provides families with the opportunity to participate in free, educational virtual activities for their children,” said Laura Rodriguez, Director of the National Library, an institution that is part of the National Library System of the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
To register for the workshops, those interested should contact the National Library at tel.: 2211-4305 or email: [email protected]
Below are the details of the workshops:
Workshops with the writer and singer-songwriter, Natalia Esquivel
Esquivel explained that the workshops will include different training activities in which participants will be directly involved with experiences in the field of music and other artistic areas as channels to promote a taste for reading and the development of language skills.
“The methodology of the workshops is that of ‘learning by doing’, creative pedagogy and the Orff school for experiencing music, the literary arts, spoken language, body movement and dramatic art; all of this combined with a bond of creativity which seeks to enhance the creative capacity of every human being”, stated the writer and singer-songwriter.
Esquivel added that literature, in its various forms, connects children with creativity, with the beauty of language; it allows them to explore historical and cultural themes, to refine human values, to enhance their reflective sense, to further ignite their imagination, to improve their language skills and to expand their lexicon.
Finally, the writer expressed that the participants “can expect a different and creative way of approaching literature through musical and imaginative experiences”.
The free workshops with Natalia Esquivel will be offered on the following dates:
- Friday, January 15, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“Nana de la luna: poems and music, to sing, play and dream”
- Friday, January 22, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“Rhymes, Rounds and Lullabies: Costa Rican Children’s Folklore”
- Friday, January 29, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“On the Wings of a Song”
Holiday workshop with the writer Carlos Rubio
The writer Carlos Rubio explained that, in this workshop, an incomplete story will be narrated, with different scenic resources, and the participants will be invited to elaborate a final story, in a collective way. “It will be about a magical house, in which great adventures and fantastic events can occur: a house with wonderful donors such as sorcerers and fairies, animals and the mystery of dreams; in such a way that this time spent in a condition of confinement, inside the home, becomes an opportunity to fantasize”, explained Rubio.
“It will be a matter of adults joining in with the minors in the process, because an artistic and educational proposal of this kind is worthless if it is not seen as a family celebration. It will be an activity that we plan to develop in a period of no more than forty minutes”, added the writer.
At the end, the text achieved by the community will be read. This workshop dynamic will be based on theoretical and methodological proposals by Italian writer and educator Gianni Rodari, who in 2019 celebrated the centenary of his birth, a festival that attracted the attention of the international community of scholars of children’s and young people’s literature, according to the workshop leader.
With respect to the importance of literature in childhood, Rubio explained that “literature allows anyone, regardless of age, to encounter humanity, the free possibilities of expression, the distance from political and educational correctness and the joy of aesthetic fulfillment.
“It must be understood that children’s literature is not didactic and in no way has as its ultimate goal the construction of knowledge. As an art, literature can be read in many ways and can find infinite interpretations. Therefore, if a text really wins the complicity of children it is because it makes them dream, have fun, escape from immediate reality, and without any moralistic pretensions, it leads to reflection and the elaboration of their own conclusions”, said the writer.
“It is the world of the endless metaphor, of Alice’s Wonderland, the jungle in which Cocorí seeks the answer to the death of her rose, the land of Oz that Dorothea travels through with strange friends, or Neverland where we perennially belong to the territory of childhood,” Rubio added.
The writer explained that, during the workshop, the aim is for the participants to have fun. “If literature is not entertainment, it has no meaning. The aim is to move away from any didactic and moralising vision to create an atmosphere of complicity and joy in which freedom of expression reigns. It must be understood that we are going through an unforeseen event: not playing with our peers, not attending educational centres in person and complying with a confinement that is new to the world. For this reason, it is hoped that this will be a time of solace that invites us to fulfil the fundamental reason for literature: the encounter with fantasy and imagination,” the writer concluded.
The workshop with Carlo Rubio will be held on January 19 at 10 a.m., virtually. Registration at tel.: 2211-4305 or by e-mail [email protected]