Bookstart Gipuzkoa, Txikikids Corner, Mestiza, Spain

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                      SPAIN 08/09/2021


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About the Organisation  
Organisation name Asociación Artística-Sociocultural Mestiza
Organisation address Paseo Zarategi 82 bajo Izda, 20015 Donostia –San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Goal/objective Mestiza is an innovative non-profit organization committed to strengthening community through art and education. Established in 2008, we aim to promote and develop artistic, educational and socio-cultural projects that reflect the multicultural diversity of our environment in San Sebastian and the Basque Country.

Mestiza develops its projects and activities based on a strong relationship with statutory/local and regional governments (City Council of San Sebastián, Donostia Kultura, The Gipuzkoa Provincial Council) and with the support of a network of volunteers and private institutions.

One of our main aims is to promote reading and the literature, with a special focus on the early childhood. For that, we created the Txikikids Corner Programme in 2009, which encompasses several reading activities based on our belief in the power of books, songs and nursery rhymes. This programme encourages families to share books, read aloud and read for pleasure to their children. Txikikids Corner´s reading activities are hold in the local libraries in the Basque Country of Spain and they all free and inclusive.

Contact Person Ana Molina
Position of Contact Person Director of the early years programme
Contact email
Organisation website
Organisation type Non profit
How many staff does your organisation employ? 3
About the Programme
Basic details
Country/Province/City where the programme takes place Basque Country of Spain.
Year organisation started, and programme 2009 and 2021
Programme goal/objective Txikikids Corner is a programme which encompasses cultural, playful and didactic activities, aimed at children ages 0-12 and promoting a lifelong love for literature through reading, music, art, games and nature.

Txikikids Corner,  PILOT PROJECT BOOKSTART GIPUZKOA: Age 0 to 2years old.

Funding sources City Council of San Sebastián, Donostia Kultura, The Gipuzkoa Provincial Council and The Spanish Basque government .
Geographic coverage Basque country of Spain.
Purpose of the programme
Not for profit? The programme is not for profit.
Religious or political purpose? None
Local consistency of model
Is your programme model consistent across your geographic area, or are there regional differences Consistent


Book Packs
What are the contents of your gifting pack? PILOT PROJECT BOOKSTART GIPUZKOA Age 0 to 2 years.

3 board books ( Languages Basque, Spanish and English) Calendar, Music CD, Postcard linking to our Song & rhyme library.

Is your programme offered free of charge to all families? Yes
Partnerships and Delivery
What are your primary ‘points of contact’ with the population you serve? (i.e your local programme partners.) Library



Who gifts/hands-out your pack to families? Librarians, volunteers
Please list your other programme partnerships The Gipuzkoa Provincial Council: Main sponsor; City Council of Ordizia: Pilot city; Wanna Team Company (Mondragon University) : Evaluation and research
Does your programme uses volunteers Our volunteers are an important key to this pilot project from the beginning to the end of the project.

The profiles are diverse and with different skills for the project areas and some are for three hours a week and others for 6 hours a week. Volunteers will help to prepare bookbags, support Storytime sessions, illustrators and students.

Is the programme universal or targeted? Universal
How many children does your programme serve a year? We hope to reach with the pilot project 200 children.
At what age/gifting period do children receive your programme. Birth – 2 years old


Diversity provision
Does your program include provisions or resources for children with special needs? Bookstart Gipuzkoa believes that it is essential to to offer an inclusive offer for children children and their families, and therefore provides the the possibility of including books for children children with special needs.

In an attempt to adapt to the different  demands, it includes:

Bookbag:  for deaf and hard-of-hearing children or hearing impaired children.

Bookbag: for blind and visually impaired children or visually impaired children.

Bookbag:  for children with motor difficulties.

What language populations does your programme serve? The two official languages of the  Spanish Basque Country are: Euskara (basque) and Spanish.

Books and information in English will also be included

Evaluation and research
Have you conducted programme evaluation or research (including longitudinal)?

If yes, has this evaluation/research been published?

Wanna Team Company (Mondragon University), as one of the partners of the of the Bookstart Gipuzkoa pilot project, will carry out the tasks of monitoring and evaluation of the project. It will be in contact with all the partners and beneficiaries of the project.


Nov 2022 – Presentation to the Polish Book Institute Conference, Warsaw

Ana Molina, Director of the early years programme, Asociación Artística-Sociocultural Mestiza

March 2023 – New pilot programmes in Norway and Spain

Ana Molina, Presidente of Mestiza association, San Sebastian, Spain; and Araya Goitia, the publishers association ¡ÂLBUM!, founder member of Leer Transforma, Spain.