Despite the constant undercurrent of poverty and gang activity in the community, the library continues to provide a safe place for kids to get extra help with homework and access to books which are almost non-existent in their homes and classrooms.
If you teach a child to read and love books, you change a life forever. Literacy is central to the reduction of poverty, improving health and well-being, and providing a pathway to further education and sustainable employment. The next nearest library is the national library in zone 1. Although the national library operates a book mobile, it only goes out into the countryside and not into urban “book deserts.”
Each year the children in the community look forward to Aventuras en Literatura, or “Adventures in Literacy,” a unique summer reading program. This program is designed to help promote reading skills and a love of reading for children of all ages, many of whom would otherwise not have access to any books outside of school. Over 100 children attend Aventuras en Literatura every year!
The recent completion of the fourth floor allowed the library to expand its space considerably, allowing for bigger work spaces and a larger book collection. Soon a daily Storytime Hour will begin in addition to other programming!