Support literacy and learning for 1,500 Maya youth

Sep 11, 2012

Summer Progress and Fall Plans

Our library staff team!
Our library staff team!

What an exciting summer we've had in the Chajul Community Library!

Thanks to your support, we sent the librarians to training workshops, added over 600 new textbooks and children’s books to the library collection, and got some new shelves to store them on. We are so glad to have expanded our collection, because we now have over 1,000 book-hungry library members! 

Another highlight of this summer for library members and staff was welcoming many wonderful visitors to Chajul. We hosted several student groups as well as a group of American teachers on our annual service learning trip for educators. The visiting teachers worked closely with our librarians, sharing new activity ideas and hosting a reading and game party for hundreds of little library members. The end of the trip culminated with the teachers hosting a series of workshops on teaching methods for Chajul primary school teachers. The workshops were hosted in the library and we used this opportunity to give all participating teachers a tour of space and its resources. Since schools in Chajul have no books or teaching materials, the community library is an incredible resource for them. Some teachers are now bringing their classes to the library to work with the new books. It is so great to see positive change happening every day!

As we roll into fall, the annual school vacation time in Guatemala, we will be expanding literacy programming beyond Story Hour by introducing new school-break activities such as reading buddies and learn to read clubs. Our other big goal for this fall is to convert an unfinished space adjoining the library building into a quiet study/special activities room. This will allow us to hold more than one activity in the library at once, give teachers a space to work with their classes, and give older students their own space to study.

Your continuing support can make these projects a reality!

Library Member Party - face painting!
Library Member Party - face painting!
The space we
The space we'd like to renovate into a study room.

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Project Leader

Alice Stevens

Operations & Development Associate
Chajul, Quiche Guatemala

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