The National Library will offer training workshops on promoting reading in children through music

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  • Free virtual workshops will be given by the writer and singer-songwriter Natalia Esquivel

San José, January 7, 2021. The National Library of Costa Rica, which is part of the National Library System, will offer a series of four workshops aimed at librarians, parents, educators and the general public. The aim is to provide tools to promote reading among children through music.



The free workshops will be given by the writer and singer-songwriter Natalia Esquivel, a graduate of the National University of Costa Rica, where she completed her degree in Music, specializing in guitar and music education. In addition, she has a master’s degree in music education from Indiana University in Pennsylvania, USA, a scholarship granted by the National University and the ISEP agreement.

Esquivel has developed an important trajectory as a singer-songwriter, performing in different places of cultural importance in Costa Rica, as well as at an international level. Also, she has produced two discs on musicalization of poems and texts of several authors, as much for children as for adults, and a discographic production of chamber music with financial support of the program Scholarships Workshop of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, and an economic endowment of Association of Composers and Musical Authors of Costa Rica.

“The National Library, committed to promoting reading, considers it very important to continue offering workshops for educators, librarians, parents and the general public, which promote a love of reading among children and young people, as well as literary appreciation through activities and resources that allow them to enjoy and develop their creativity; these workshops link literature and music. Additionally, during this year, more workshops will continue to be offered on the same subject, but with different content”, said Laura Rodríguez, Director of the National Library.

Below is a list of the workshops to be held in January 2021:

  • “Setting the reading to music: the poetic song”
    Friday, January 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • “Music for reading: poems and music for singing, playing and dreaming”
    Monday, January 11, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • “Making music out of reading: music, creativity and artistic expression in the promotion of reading”
    Monday, January 18, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • “Music Reading: Music, Reading and Language Skills Development”
    Monday, January 25, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Registrations must be made in advance by phone: 2211-4305 or by mail: [email protected]

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