Each year brings new activities, new faces, and new goals to the library. Fortunately, our’old’ friends remain to support the efforts and dreams that challenge us. We believe our greatest achievement still is the gift of books to the community of San Agustinillo, and we are proud to be able to provide books to whomever passes our way. This includes Spanish speaking children and adults as well as foreigners that visit the area, the majority of these being English, French, German and Italian speakers. This year our effort was supported by a donation of 300 children’s books from FUNDACION TELEVISA. The books are educational as well as entertaining on a wide range of pertinent topics. Our friends at TELEVISA also have promised us a gift of computers. (The connection to Televisa is ‘gracias a’ Yolanda Quintana of San Agustinillo and Adriana Labertini of Mexico City.) The library ‘regulars’ are at the top of their classes. This year every child who had the highest grades in his class was one of our ‘library kids’. Jocelyn, Guadalupe, Ana Vigh, Jennifer, Tania, and Chali. Congrats to all of them!! We are so proud.
Our secondary goal, to provide a ‘cultural center’ to the community, continues to be a challenge and more important to us each year. For this idea we are dependent on the talents of others, both inside and outside the community. We are fortunate to have many ‘helpers’. A sample of this year’s cultural activities included:
Recently a young couple, Robin and Neela from California, visited the library. Robin works for FOUNDATION AHIMSA, which awards grants for musical instruments and instruction worldwide. Since our children do not have the opportunity to learn about music in our community and schools, he suggested that we apply for a grant. So, as this is written, Carolina with the help of several active citizens, is searching for a music teacher, and she will then proceed to apply for the grant for instruments and a salary for the teacher. This is an exciting new adventure for the library.
Tourism was down in Oaxaca this past season, 2006 to 2007. Most of the ‘regulars’ returned to San Agustinillo, feeling secure at their ‘second home.’ But there was a definite decrease in tourism, which has affected everyone. This year the donations to the library were ‘down’ also. We hope that this is a temporary situation, because we hope to not only continue the present projects, but also to add new workshops and events to the library repertoire. In all cases, the teachers and leaders of the projects donate their time, but the library provides the materials, as well as the electricity and maintenance of the area.
Many of you ask ‘what do you need?’ At the present time, the library needs financial support. The humidity of the summer has wreaked havoc on the computers, which translates into money for repairs. The ink for the printer is very expensive, as is the electric bill. So, anything you can donate will help us.
Thank you for helping us grow! Donations can be made now by PAYPAL, as well as a check made out to Nancy or cash (U.S. dollars or pesos) to Carolina.
Contributions by Paypal should be sent to LaBiblioteca@sbcglobal.net
We look forward to seeing all of you this year.
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