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Promoting Reading in France


Living with Books in Paris

“A socialist utopia covering as a bookshop“ – that is the way George Whitman used to describe the place he named Shakespeare and Company, a store near Notre Dame at the river Seine in Paris.

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Lire et fait lire in France

When a child acquires a taste for stories, it will acquire a taste for reading. And mastering reading is essential for getting along in school and life. This is the conviction of the French organization Lire et fait lire – Read and make read.

Lire et fait lire developed out of project in Brest in the 1980s, where local retirees volunteered for running the Nattier school’s library.

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“Livre et petite enfance” - Promoting reading in early childhood in Paris

http: / / www.seine-saint-denis.fr / Acces-de-tous-a-la-culture.html

Livre-et-petit-enfance To provide preschoolers with access to books and foster an early enjoyment in reading, the administrative body of the district of Seine-Saint-Denis in North-East Paris launched a programme, “livres et petite enfance”, in 1994. The programme consists of four segments and it offers multipliers [ ... ]  

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Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

http: / / www.bnf.fr / en / tools / lsp.site_map.html

“The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)” is the second largest library worldwide. Its roots can be traced to 1368 when King Charles V established his library in the Louvre. Nowadays, Lous XI is considered to have founded the library in the late 15th century, as well as Francois I who in 1537 introduced the law that printers had to deliver a copy of each book to the royal library. At the time of the French Revolution, the library became the national library and it was enhanced by many collections. [ ... ]  

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„La Joie par les livres“ - Freude durch Bücher

http: / / lajoieparleslivres.bnf.fr /

The organisation “La Joie par les livres“ was founded in 1963 by a private sponsor, Anne Gruner-Schlumberger. The organisation intends to provide children with free access to a library in their neighbourhood. The respective library was opened in 1965.
Today, “La Joie par les livres“ is associated with the French National Library. The organisation is now supported by more than 20 partners, e.g. libraries, educational institutions, the international centre for child and youth literature studies [ ... ]  

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Collectif de Bibliothécaires et Intervenants en Action Culturelle (COBIAC)

http: / / www.cobiac.org /

The French organisation “Collectif de Bibliothécaires et Intervenants en Action Culturelle” (an association of libraries and volunteers active in culture) is engaged in cultural and literary exchange in France. At an international level, it is engaged in promoting reading and the establishment of library services in developing and emerging countries. COBIAC was founded in 1979 and initially conducted fairs, reading festivals and othr literary events in France. A collection of books (Banque Régionale du [ ... ]  

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“Centres de lecture et d’animation culturelle (CLAC)” - Centres for literature and cultural venues

http: / / www.francophonie.org / -Dans-la-lecture-publique-.html

“Centres de lecture et d’animation culturelle (CLAC)” – Centres for literature and cultural venues –is a programme hosted by the “Organisation internationale de la francophonie” (International Organisation of French-speaking countries), situated in Paris and dedicated to the cause of fostering collaborations in the French-speaking world. To enable populations in rural areas an opportunity to access books, the organisation began to establish reading centres in Benin in 1986. In subsequent years, more such [ ... ]  

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More Information

Total population
65 951 611

French (official)

Literacy rate
(age 15 or over who can read)

Total: 99%
Male: 99%
Female: 99%

Functional illiteracy
(de facto)

Educational indicators
Primary (net) enrolment: 97%
Secondary (net) enrolment: 91%
Tertiary (gros) enrolment: 77%
School life expectancy: 16.3 years

Government expenditure
10.4% goes to education

Unemployment (age 15-24)

CIA World Fact Book, Human Development Report, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Wikipedia