We began the 2012 school year with some exciting news from the Reading for change campaign. We have two new librarians, Nicholas Newlin from Washington, D.C., and Dorita Dominguez from right here in Quetzaltenango. They are both here on grants from Librarians Without Borders, who will be sending a group of volunteers to Quetzaltenango at the beginning of may to volunteer at in the library.
Nicholas is coming off a 8 year stint at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. We feel blessed that he will be sharing his experience gained from working in the largest library in the world. He will surely have some insights that will help us manage our much smaller collection. Nicholas has been working using the skills he developed at the Library of Congress to create a cataloging system for us that will help us organize our collection, which thanks to generous support from our donors has grown to over 2,500 books! He will also be working with Jorge to develop a borrowing system for the library, so that students and their families may check books out of the library and take them hope to read. We will be using funds from the project to make library cards for the students. In addition to giving the students more time to indulge in reading their favorite books, the borrowing system hopes to teach important lessons of accountability that will be integrated with the educational mission at the Colegio.
Dorita has been in charge of developing the lecture program in the library. She reads to students of all ages during their free time, and helps to instill pride and excitement. The lecture program focusing on teaching analytical reading and critical thinking skills that are crucial to the educational development of our students and are consistent with the schools mission of initiating a change in Guatemalan society.
I want to thank everyone who has been supporting the project thus far. We have already been able to acheive so much, and have done so through the mantra that every little bit makes a substantial difference for children at the Colegio and their families. Please continue to support the Reading for Change campaign as we work to expand our collection and instill a thirst for reading in each and everyone of our students. Thank you!!!!!
Noah Steinberg-Di Stefano
Director of Development
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