Livro Livre Bullfinch is more than a community library: it is a home. And not only of books, DVDs, games and CDs, but of the cultural articulator Talles Azigonfrom the reading mediator Rita de Cassiaby the designer Daniel Firminofrom the film club Lígia Silva and many other names.
The idea of home and shelter is clear to anyone who steps into the community library Bullfinch Free Book – located in the neighborhood of Curió, in Fortaleza, Ceará. The space was created in March 2018 by the reading mediator Talles Azigon – who at the time, aged 29, took advantage of the living room of his house, which works as his mother, Rita de Cássia’s nail salon – to start displaying books in a shelf and make them accessible to anyone who wanted them.
The idea came from a friend of Azigon’s, who had a similar project and wanted to make books available in public places. At the time, Talles mobilized people for readings in the Curió forest and was already planning to expand the idea. Self-taught, writer and poet, he was already a fan of words because of his grandmother, who told him stories.
The opening took place on Talles’ birthday. “Instead of people bringing me gifts, I asked them to bring me books,” explains Azigon. “She was born with the desire to mobilize people. And it has a dynamic collection, which serves not only Bullfinch, but all of Fortaleza. The person takes the books and spends up to five months to return them. Books are traveling in the city.”
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In addition to this long return period, the library offers other benefits – children’s activities, soirees, movie sessions and collective reading. “People from the periphery do not always have access to physical books and, therefore, experience a great orality. Until we convince ourselves that the book is important, we use dialogue, and people gradually build intimacy with the book.”
However, Talles points out that the library is not enough to actually transform the life of the community. According to him, it is useless for people to approach reading if they do not have access to rights such as education, health and dignity. “We have to be realistic and realize that things in society are interdependent.”
Today, after almost five years, the children have already faced several selection processes for scholarships, they have gone to events”, explains Azigon. He also highlights how the library was important for his family, whether his mother’s talent for literary mediation, affectionately called Ritinha de Cássia, was awakened, as well as her sister, Lígia.
At least seven thousand books have already circulated in the Bullfinch Free Book. Several were donated to other projects or libraries. Now there is an expansion, the Casa Avoaa block away, and lives on donations from friends and supporters, who can contribute through the site suporte.se.com/livrolivrecurio.