The local library is a window to many worlds: The world of stories, the world of knowledge, the world of learning. The librarian opens this window every day so readers young and old may discover these worlds and breathe the fresh air of insights and ideas.

 

The hands-on techniques of traditional stopmotion animation enable groups and individuals to engage in these ideas and to explore and interpret these worlds - real and imagined, past, present and future - in their own creations and animations.

 

Animating Libraries is an experimental programme of professional development training. It caters for a group of forty librarians in public and school libraries across East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The training period is designed to stretch over two years.

 

The librarians are part of a network organised by the Tamer Institute for Community Education. They are encouraged to use their experience and initiative to promote reading and foster curiosity and creativity among children, young people and their carers.

 
      Practical Animation Activities in Local Libraries      
Craft and Art

Animation draws on a wide range of craft and art techniques. ...  

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Craft and Art

Animation draws on a wide range of craft and art techniques. Skills are developed step by step, as part of practical, productive activities, and constantly reinforced and refined. As a result, animators discover their expressive potential and develop create confidence that stops them being held back by perceived limitations.

Literacies

Animations facilitates the creation of audio-visual narratives. ...

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Literacies

Animations facilitates the creation of audio-visual narratives. All elements - story lines, characters, movement, sound - are crafted manually by the animators. As a result, they develop a deeper understanding of the underlying structures of narratives they encounter elsewhere, both in today’s media-rich world and in the literature and art of past eras.

Teamwork

Animation offers an intensive experience of shared achievement. ...

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Teamwork

Animation offers an intensive experience of shared achievement. Conception, preparation, revision, production and evaluation all benefit from collective input. As a result...

Technologies

Animation utilizes digital technology to capture and process images. ...

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Technologies

Animation utilizes digital technology to capture and process images. But everything that can be seen in an animation is crafted by the animators' own hands, in real time and space. As a result, they assert their artistic independence and learn to regard computers and cameras as a tool rather than a source of creation.

  • The animation workshops give our librarians ideas they can apply in their own work immediately. Their work is enriched in this way.
    Jehan Jehia
    Tamer Coordinator
    Tamer Institute for Community Education
  • I have always wondered how the animations we see on the television are made. In the workshop I understood - and learned how we can make animations ourselves!
    Shirin Najar
    Librarian
    Nuseirat Women's Centre
  • In the animation activities everyone can create something beautiful, even those children who believe they can't draw!
    Hanan Suleiman
    Librarian
    Dar Al Balad Public Library

                  Workshop impressions