The number of people using Adeje’s public libraries is on the increase, with requests for materials from students rising by 30%, use of study rooms by 74% and requests for local Wi-Fi connections up by 375% over 2014.
According to the councillor with responsibility for he libraries, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, “since the opening of the Adeje-based Southern University Campus we have noticed the change in the numbers using the libraries. Take into account that we now have students in each of the four years of the tourism course that we offer in Adeje, that’s 150 third level students in classes here in the borough, not to mention the many other courses on offer from the council and of course the students from the primary and secondary schools in Adeje.
“Our intention is to continue to grow to meet the increasing demand of the users and continue to be the first-choice reference library network, meeting the needs of our new users as more university courses are opened in Adeje in the near future”.
The Adeje public libraries received 36,470 visits in 2015, with 82% of those to the main library in the town’s cultural centre, and the break-down shows a 50/50 split between male and female users, with 77% adults using the service. The councillor also noted that “while there has been a drop in the number of books out on loan given the proliferation of eBooks and new technologies, our statistics do show that a healthy number of people are borrowing, with 6,600 books lent last year”.
The Adeje library network has over 69,000 documents – books, audio-visual material, magazines, etc. – on offer to the public, with a growing foreign language section. Joining in relatively easy and it is an excellent free resource for all.
October 24th is Libraries Day here and to celebrate the Adeje councillor for libraries and artistic heritage Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, has organised a series of activities during the week.
The councillor says, “as well as marking this important date in the education/cultural calendar, we also want to acknowledge the importance of libraries in general in the world. They are a reflection of our acquired knowledge in different fields.”
According to the councillor, Adeje’s library users are very active within the national network. “During the first half of 2015 we registered 35,000 visits. Adeje library users in the central library in the Cultural Centre constituted 93% of visitors; the rest attended the libraries in outlying neighbourhoods, in Fañabé, Tijoco, Armeñime and Miraverde.
“Since July of this year alone library staff in Adeje have attended to over 13,500 people”, reported the councillor. “A quarter of the readers were children, and of the adult readers more women than men are using the service”.
Among the activities planned for the 24th are participation in a Tenerife solidarity event among different libraries, and the day before, Friday October 23rd, there is a workshop (in Spanish) for sixth class pupils by Adeje environment councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas, as this is International Year of Soils. Throughout the week the library will also be displaying panels and information about the importance of sustainable soil management and its relevance to the wellbeing of society in general.
In parallel to the above activities there will be three book launches: “Enlazando Verdades” by Dulce Meneses, “La dulce francesa. Historia de una ocultación” by Armando Astarloa and “Los fantásticos alimentos de la madre tierra” by Gladys E. Oncoy
170 school children celebrate International Children’s Book Day in Adeje
Yesterday morning, on April 2nd, Adeje celebrated International Children’s Book Day, coinciding with the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson, with 170 school children aged between 3 and 5 from the CEIP Adeje, the infant and primary school in the town centre. Councillors Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz and Andrés Pérez Ramos, prepared a series of activities for the young visitors to the town’s cultural centre aimed at showing the children the joys of reading and the benefits of starting young.
They said, “this is part of the campaign sponsored by the national Spanish Organisation of Children’s Books (OEPLI) as we know that reading is a very important part of education and the responsibility of schools, families and society in general to encourage reading among the young. For that reason the council decided to stage these activities and reflect the high value we place on reading for young children.
“Adeje has a network of public libraries where people can access literature, educational material, videos, music, comics, etc and the only requirement is that the potential reader has a Canarian library card (BICA), which is free”.
The activities began at 10:30 with a visit to the library in the town’s cultural centre which has a good selection of children’s books (and some in English too!). Both the professors and the children enjoyed the visit to the world of literary fantasy and imagination.
This was followed by a puppet show with a performance by people taking part in the Alternative Training Programme ‘ACTÍVATE’, an Adeje’s job creation scheme co-funded by the council, the Canarian Employment Service and the European Social Fund.