The second Leyendo/Library in a Week library was opened officially Friday, Feb.9 at Ko Oten Kaambal Secundaria in the Nicte Ha neighborhood of Playa del Carmen. Lots of effort from Leyendo volunteers and school parents made it possible to open this second library in one week. Walls were painted, furniture was assembled, resident very heavy book shelves were reclaimed and pushed into place, floors were mopped and books were placed lovingly on bright red shelves, many from the local organization Libros Libres. Then decorations were created for the walls and put in place. One of the mothers donated a big foami floral creation to hang above the shelves.
Then the students poured in one class at a time to explore the library. A generous benefactor had donated the entire set of Harry Potter books in Spanish and they were received with joy. Encyclopedias gathered from the Akumal library were perused. One whole cabinet of beginning English language texts were also viewed in hopes of being read soon. The Leyendo crew plan to help with conversational English classes and other activities now that the library is up and running. We have suggested to the director that she find a few students to become “librarians” to handle book loans and manage the everyday responsibilities that it will need. We have also asked the director to ask students which books they would like to have in their new library so we will have a shopping list for Amazon.MX and she will have it for us next week.