Leyendo means reading in Spanish. This is the name of a new project being started in Playa del Carmen, Mexico to organize libraries in public schools. The perception is that reading is not a major pastime in Mexico and we enjoy it so much that we want to share the experience with young learners. So far there are six of us who are interested in the idea. Our job is to gather Spanish language children’s books and look after the libraries once they are created with parent or student librarians, puppet shows and book readings. We are partnering with a Canadian organization, Library in a Week, that will do the actual cleaning, painting and shelf construction within a space provided by the school. The community center/library in Akumal about 40 kilometers south of Playa, is downsizing it’s book collection and has passed on crates and crates of children’s books. We have gone through them and realize we have enough on hand to open both an elementary school and junior high library. Construction will begin February 5, 2018.
Spanish language books for children will always be needed and can be added to existing libraries or begin a new one. One idea is to approach the private schools in Playa suggesting that students donate books from home which they have outgrown or simply would like to share. We are open to all suggestions and look forward to reading programs expanding beyond measure. There is a Facebook page: Leyendo Playa del Carmen with photos and more info. We can be reached with messages there.