Each year, the Guatemalan public schools arrange Olympic Games that are played in each school district. After lots of practice and preparation, the students compete in team sports and individual events, and the whole community joins in to root on their team.
At the Chukmuk School Library, we have taken advantage of this downtime by cataloging our incoming book donations. In previous months, when we are also leading literacy activities for the students, we have averaged 100 books catalogued each month, but in June we catalogued 100 books per week! We also had time to advance on our Literacy Activities Manual for the teachers, with a working first draft nearly completed. This manual will guide teachers through lesson plans and literacy activities that they can implement in their classroom.
A volunteer group helping us during two weeks in June worked at the library two mornings, painting and varnishing the old, little tables and chairs that the school donated for library use. Not only does the space look better, but it will also help us reinforce to the students respect towards the educational materials they have at the library and at the school. We have rearranged the existing furniture to create a better space, separating out areas for children’s stories, silent reading and independent research for the older students, and a floor area for games. We also made an assessment for needed furniture which is already in place! We look forward to continue building a space that will be comfortable and useful, as well as filling our shelves with more books!