MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
A unique edition of the fairy tale “Squirrel-handy” by the poet Leonid Kulikov will be used in developing classes in the regional special library named after V.G. Korolenko.
The book was made by convicted women according to a special technique that they were taught by the library staff. Each spread contains a fragment of text and a three-dimensional illustration made of fur and embossed fabrics. The book is accompanied by an audio recording of the fairy tale, which was also prepared by the convicts.
The creation of a tactile book for children with visual problems involved five convicts from the circle of applied arts. According to the head of the educational department of IK-4 Nadezhda Semenkova, it took the craftswomen about two months. The project inspired and united them. Now the workers are planning to make a “knitted” book, which will be dedicated to the diversity of the animal world.
In addition to the book, women serving their sentences made a soft voluminous Russian alphabet for the little visitors of a special library – for the first acquaintance with letters and learning to read.
In gratitude, the library staff presented IK-4 with books by local authors about prominent people of the Trans-Urals.
It should be noted that the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Kurgan Region cooperates with the library. V.G. Korolenko since 2021. The head of the cultural institution, Svetlana Turukina, is a member of the board of trustees at IK-4. Librarians conduct educational activities in the colony. The convicts, in turn, make souvenirs, toys and teaching aids for blind readers.
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