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Japan With Kids - Forums: Education in Japan: English, Keeping it !: Biblioteka Library Club - Tokyo
By Cornelia on Sunday, April 9, 2000 - 8:39 am:

This might be a good place to throw in some volunteer effort on behalf of a Saturday morning English learning experience!
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What: Biblioteka was established by a group of foreign women living in Tokyo, to help encourage the love of books. The library has a growing collection of English books for children, ready and waiting to be borrowed.

When: Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m and Sat. mornings 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Where: Yoyogi Fureai Kaikan - located one minute from Yoyogi station and only 1/2 block from 2 coffee shops.

How Much: We are asking for a donation of 1000 yen per family per year (this year expires in April 2000) to help defray expenses.

We're planning to do puppet shows, arts and crafts, drama, and music in the near future. Whatever you'd like to do is great! We do need volunteers occasionally. If you are interested in volunteering just contact me by phone (03-5684-8960) or e-mail: ikawahr(at)
We welcome your ideas!

Hope to see you there!
Rebecca Ikawa, Tokyo

We are trying to keep a very stable schedule but please check first with Stacey Tarvin (email only: stacey(at) ) or Rebecca Ikawa (email: ikawahr(at) or phone:(03) 5684-8960).

By L. on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 8:13 am:

Dear Members and Friends of Biblioteka Library Club,

For those of you who came to New Zealand Day on Saturday, November 17th, didn't we have an afternoon well spent educating ourselves? Many thanks to Louise George Kittaka and her teaching ability, which had even the youngest of us counting and singing in the Maori language.

For those of you who weren't able to join us, what do you have planned for December?

A couple of different Christmas wishes have been expressed concerning Biblioteka's December activity, so the decision is being put to the group. If you would kindly read through the following options and send back your preference, the library can firm up it's plans based on your wishes.

One idea is to have our children (accompanied by a parent) perform a service project in this upcoming season of giving. Tokyo Union Church (located near Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line) has an ongoing onigiri production and delivery project to the homeless population near Shibuya Station and Yoyogi Park. The first part of the project would take place at Tokyo Union Church on a Saturday, under the instruction of a "regular" church onigiri team member. Children would make the onigiri and pack them for delivery. The second part of the project involves delivering them to homeless men and women who sleep near Shibuya Station the following morning around 5 am, well before station shops open and oust people from their sleep. Obviously this part would be done by families who don't live too far from the area.

Both the production and delivery projects would require a commitment. Four to six families would be a minimum crew for production. Three families would be a minimum crew for delivery.

If you have read this far, great. Now you can read about idea number two, the second option for a library activity in December.

Another way to get together in December is to have a traditional Christmas party for families. A rough draft of the party would probably look like this: families asked to bring festive things to eat, a few games for kids with a Christmas theme, a present exchange, a reading of some books about Christmas, and a Christmas craft to make.

If you are interested in joining the library for a December event, would you kindly let your preference be known. That is, reply to this message stating you and your kids prefer to participate in 1) a servce project for the needy or 2) a traditional Christmas party for children.

Specific dates for either endeavor have yet to be decided, though we can say the party and the onigiri production would take place on a Saturday in December.

We'll need to get the ball rolling regardless of which plan we take, so all replies received by December 1st will be considered. Here's hoping we see you in December, and that your holiday season is peaceful and not too busy.

Yours, Lyn Sato
Biblioteka Library Club
telephone 03-3370-6762

By Kaori Hayama on Tuesday, June 11, 2002 - 8:41 pm:

Please see below the updated information on BIBLIOTEKA LIBRARY CLUB for Wednesdays.

Time: Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Place: Yoyogi Fureai Kaikan - located one minute from Yoyogi station and only 1/2 block from 2 coffee shops.

Member fee: 2000 yen per family per year

We parents now take turns in leading the session (reading and activity) on rotational basis.

For those of you interested in becoming a member, please contact Kaori Hayama by e-mail at:

By Natasha on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 12:06 pm:

Dear Friends and Members of Biblioteka Library Club,
Hallowe'en is coming, and we'd like to welcome it properly at Biblioteka with a Hallowe'en costume party on Saturday, October 26th from 3-6 pm on the second floor library room. All ages are welcome, we hope to have a variety of activities for a wide age range.

We're planning Hallowe'en games, something to make, a pinanta bashing spree, a pot luck dinner, and prizes for costumes.

Would you care to dress up as your favorite character from a book? Do you have a favorite Hallowe'en activity? Does autumn not pass for you if you don't bob for apples? Do you remember a ghost story that got you going as a child? Can you bring a Hallowe'en book to kick off the party? Do you have Hallowe'en music to share? Decorations? Is there a Hallowe'en game that would tickle your child? Please let us know what you'd like to contribute to the occasion!

Children and adults are invited to come in costume. We are hoping wholesome food will appear at dinnertime. There will be a small fee per family to cover expenses, to be determined as we know more about the number of people who can come. Clean up time will begin about 18:00
The mailing list of Biblioteka friends has been replaced by hand, so if you know of someone who might not have received this message, would you kindly ask them to contact me? Any ommisions are unintentional.

Please come to the party and let us know what you can do! Reservations requested by October 20th.

Lyn Sato

By Joei Lau on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:06 pm:

BIBLIOTEKA LIBRARY CLUB cordially invites you to our Wednesday afternoons of readings, songs, craft projects, and friendship in English. Located in Yoyogi, 1 minute walk from the station, even on little legs. Members are invited to choose from our selection of over 500 English books for children, which range from books for newborns through chapter books. Our activities target preschoolers, but others are welcome. Please visit us, new members and friends of the library are always welcome. Become a member with a small yearly fee.

We gather every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00. Come and join us !

For more details, please contact us at

Hope to see you there !

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