Inovative library design donated by architect Axel Parades of P+A Architects
Modern community libraries all over the world are agents of change. They provide the opportunity for all the community members to come together and participate in programs that target the needs of every age group. More than just books the library is a meeting place that promotes development and provides the information and activities to make the change happen.
The programs cater to different all ages: The Early Stimulation Program teaches mothers of children between 6 months and 3 years how to read to their children and encourage curiosity. During Story Time children from 3 to 12 years come in groups to hear stories and engage in different story-related activities. Teenagers come to the Youth Reading Clubs to discuss articles and topics of interest. Anybody who is fifteen or older can join The Volunteer Committees which plan projects that address the needs of the entire community.
The libraries in Paxixil, La Loma and Panimachavac started to function in February. In this short time we are already seeing results. Teachers like Ezequias Cojti are noticing a different attitude in the children. They are less timid and more curious in class. The women of the Library Boards, many illiterate, are showing leadership and assertiveness. The high school students are using the library as a resource and no longer have to travel to the municipal library, saving time and money. In these small rural villages were books were nonexistent the libraries are transforming lives and minds.