It’s been three weeks since the end of our tour of private children’s libraries (绘本馆). Now what?
To start with, two photographs and a brief note for each library have been publicly posted on Facebook and on Jon’s WeChat. While doing that, all of their addresses were confirmed (except for one–still working on that), they were placed on Baidu’s map (and a screenshot made of the streetview, where it was available), and I made sure I know each library’s name in both Chinese and English. I have chatted a little bit with a few of the individual librarians who we met along the way.
Although I counted 18 libraries when I arrived back in the United States, this closer examination showed that I visited a grand total of 21 libraries, plus a bookstore, in three weeks. I have started to compile notes for each library and naturally have many follow up questions I want to ask the librarians. My lack of ability to converse in Chinese makes this that much harder, but Zhang Li and Fang Liu have offered help keep the conversation going.
The fantastic group of enthusiastic, engaged librarians we met in Beijing, Wuhan, Nanchang, and Shanghai expressed a desire for advice on three fronts: business management, second language acquisition, and library programming. As we compile our notes and correspond with the librarians in China, we will try to confirm that these are really the three basic needs of the private children’s library community in China. One emerging goal is to find an appropriate venue to have a face-to-face workshop sometime in the next twelve months.
On January 4th, 2015 a small group of people will gather in Santa Barbara to look at photographs from the trip, hear the story of how it happened, and what we hope to accomplish next. For an invitation, please contact Jon Jablonski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2015年1月4日，一小群人将聚集在圣巴巴拉市一起看我旅行中拍摄的图片，听我讲述我遇到的故事，以及我们下一步需要完成的任务。如果你也想来参加，请联系Jon Jablonski (email@example.com).