El dijous 17 de desembre el Club de Lectura de Beniarbeig tancava l’any lector amb la tertúlia sobre Matèria de Bretanya, (1976) de Carmelina Sánchez-Cutillas (1927-2009), de qui l’Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua i les biblioteques valencianes han dedicat l’any. Durant la sessió, els membres del grup de lectura van expressar les seues valoracions sobre el llibre, destacant la gran habilitat de l’autora per a expressar unes sensacions que tots hem sentit de xicotets, així com tots els records que desprén a l’hora de narrar la vida en l’Altea de principis del segle passat.
D’aquesta manera, el grup de lectura enceta l’any nou amb un registre literari completament diferent, ja que s’endinsen en el terreny de la distopia de la mà de Margaret Atwood i la seua novel·la El cuento de la criada (1985). Com sempre, qui vulga sumar-se tan sols ha de posar-se en contacte amb la biblioteca.
La celebració de 2020 com “Any Carmelina Sánchez-Cutillas” ha arribat a Beniarbeig en forma d’exposició i de Club de Lectura, en una sessió literària dedicada a Matèria de Bretanya, (1976). D’aquesta manera, l’última sessió de l’any va tindre lloc el passat dijous 17 de desembre, quan els membres del grup de lectura es van reunir per parlar de la novel·la de Sánchez-Cutillas, que va ser premiada amb l’Andròmina de narrativa de 1975 i d’ençà s’ha tornat una obra emblemàtica per conèixer com era la vida de l’Altea de principis del s.XX. No debades, les impressions dels lectors beniarbegins han estat d’admiració cap aquest llibre i la seua autora, tant per la forma d’escriure, com per connectar amb les vivències dels pares i avis que també van viure eixa època.
Now August is over, so too are the multisport sessions organised by Beniarbeig Town Hall on Saturday mornings. The aim of this activity was to offer the children in the village an alternative free time activity based on sport, but also to allow some kind of physical activity to carry on through the summer months. It also had the potential to form teams of children to participate in the village Sports Schools.
Every Saturday the children were offered a different sports discipline; handball, five-a-side football and basketball, in sessions which started at 9.30am. The sessions started with familiarisation with the ball and an explanation of the play area, then basic exercises like passing and controlling the ball, and zigzagging circuits. Once they had all had their first contact with the ball, they were divided into 2 teams to play a match and put into practice everything they had learned. The sports session finished at 11.30am but the children moved on to the swimming pool where they were able to cool down and finish off the session.
The Town Hall and the instructors Joan Pons and Rubèn Gilabert, who were in charge of the activity, gave the initiative the thumbs up, as it allowed the children to do sports in a cooperative way, bringing together children with very different previous experience of sport. To close the event on the last day there was a small closing ceremony and all participants received a medal.
After an atypical summer, Beniarbeig library is starting its afternoon opening times, Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 8pm and Fridays from 10am to 2pm. With the return to school, the reading club is also starting up again with El imperio eres tú (2011) by Javier Moro, a novel which transports the reader to 19th century Brazil. As always, anyone wanting to take part or to know more about the reading group should get in contact with the library.
In addition, the new year is starting up with some changes in the furniture, where a new bookshelf and two display stands have been installed in the children’s section. These changes bettr meet the needs of the children and the books are available in a more visual manner, meaning that new books or the more interesting books will stand out. Also, distributed across the children’s area are four boxes, a square piece of furniture making it easier for the children to handle the books. The boxes have been shared out across the children’s area to make it easier to maintain a safe distance if there are several users there at the same time.
The Councillor for Education has acquired 250 copies of Ara que estem a casa, books from Edicions 96, stimulating material for the children which claims to make up for the lack of attendance at school. Each book contains several worksheets for infant and junior school children which the children can complete. Copies can be collected free of charge at the library.
Of the more than thirty books which have passed through the reading club, the 9th January was the first occasion on which we were able to enjoy the presence of the writer of the book and, at the same time, the first reading done by a local author. A double debut with ‘La chica de las mariposas’, the novel by Javier Martínez, and the members of the club got to know the story of Vic and Ara, the main characters of the book set in Madrid in the 1990s.
Among opinions awakened by the reading, there was a certain consensus about the harshness of a story in which topics like death, suicide and toxic relationships make sadness prevalent in the story. The book relates tragic situations which, maybe a bit undesirable, sometimes can be seen as exaggerated, but as Martínez explained, in the research he did before writing the book, he confirmed that the story he wanted to tell was totally plausible.
The presence of Martínez allowed those attending to ask him not only about the creation process but also questions and details about the novel, such as the spatial and temporal setting, the narrative in the form of a letter or music, which becomes an additional main character.
For the next readings, we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the sessions of the Encontres a Beniarbeig, so we will read ‘Llibre de meravelles’ by Vicent Andrés Estellés, which Aina Monferrer will talk about on 27th February, and ‘Temps de batuda’ by Enric Valor, on which the session on 12th March will be based, with Tomàs Llopis.
As always, anyone interested in taking part or wanting more information on how the reading club works should contact the Beniarbeig library.
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