Frequently Asked Questions
We would like to answer some frequent questions regarding our two projects, the Bibliobus: Library without Borders, and Healing & Empowerment (H&E).
Bibliobus: Library without Borders
Q: Do you think people want to read? They have other things to worry about?
Books are a wonderful way to bridge cultural divides. Indeed, reading opens the mind and the spirit to new worlds, to others and to new ways to think and do. It feeds the imagination. Reading is an act of creation as the reader complements the work by giving shape and color to the characters and scenarios. Reading is also a journey towards home: reading classic stories one once listened to, reading known and familiar authors or reading those who take you home in far away lands. In that sense, the act of reading is not just about learning. It is also about enjoyment. Reading does enrich the mind, eases the mood and transports the spirit.
For all these reasons we invite people to read.
All those who experienced the pleasure of reading have the possibility of reading a book in their first language, the languages they are learning and the languages they want to discover. For all those who have not yet experienced the pleasure of reading and discovering other worldviews, this is an invitation to discover the wealth and fun that books offer.
Q: If I want a certain book or author, can Bibliobus buy it?
Please share with us the subjects, authors or books that you are interested in. Your feedback is essential for our work and depending on prices, access to buy the book and general interest, we will make the purchase. In any case, we will inform you about it.
The main focus of the library is to acquire a selection of books that are not easy to find in Luxembourg and that are currently demanded by the persons arriving to the country who’s language is not available at libraries.
With that in mind, we acquire books mainly in Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya, Albanian, and Serbian (but we also acquired some in Ourdou and Turkish). We are also focused on acquiring bilingual books that include one of the langauges mentioned before and the local languages (Luxembourgish, French, German and English).
We have a selection of books in local languages. We acquire them mainly through donations.
Q: If I ask for a book, and the Bibliobus buys it, how long will it to be available at the library?
The process is the following: a) searching and finding the book, b) purchasing the book, c) the transportation to Luxembourg, and d) labeling it and protecting the book.
Therefore, it depends, if the book is easy to find and the transportation is fast, we can have it in 2 weeks. If it is difficult to find and we purchase it from other countries, then it might take up to 2 months.
Q: Where can I go rent a book? And can anyone rent a book?
The main focus of the library is to visit shelters around the country to reach people seeking asylum and people who have the refugee status. At the moment, we are looking for venues in the city to provide visits and open the library to the general public. We will share this information as soon as we define it.
Q: Do you have a bus?
At the moment, as the library is small, +350 books, we do not yet need a bus. We have a nice camper available to us in case we need it in the future.
Healing & Empowerment
H&E: Do people need this? Is it useful? Does it work?
We all need ways to cope with stress and fear and difficult circumstances that affect our mood. Particularly, stress can change our brains when we are not able to manage it and consequently, our behaviour and well-being is affected negatively. Practices such as Capacitar, based on breathing, self-awareness and body movement, provide with ways for well-being on a physical and psychological level. Take a look at this short video describing it.
The techniques of H&E are based primarly on the training of Capacitar. The training is based on a diverse array of practices from different ancient traditions that helped people find peace in themselves despite the adversities they face. Moreover, today these techniques that focus on deep breathing, awareness of ourselves and the environment, different forms of meditation, are supported by scientific evidence from different fields as having an effect on our overall well-being and feeling of happiness.
H&E: Is it yoga, is it new age?
H&E is mainly based in the practices of Capacitar, and it includes tools such as acupressure, Tai Chi, Pal Dan Gum, Chakra work, breathing meditations, among others from ancient cultures. It also includes newer modalities such as Emotional Freedom Technique, Thought Field Therapy and Polarity which have proven their effectiveness too.
H&E: Are the facilitators therapists or counselors?
The facilitators are workshop leaders. They have a background in different fields which might include education, mediation and other social sciences. The role of the facilitator is that of educating the practices, not that of a therapist or counselor. The goal of sharing these techniques and tools is to place the skills in the hands of the people so they can help themselves and empower themselves.