If success can be measured by the number of children sitting quietly and reading books, then El Centro de La Gente, Lo de Marco’s new library, is on its way to becoming a best-seller.
Eager young readers waited patiently for El Centro de La Gente to officially open its doors at 9am on Saturday, November 1 – and founders, staff and volunteers could not have been more excited to greet them and show off their newly renovated space.
The transformation of this once vacant building over the last 4½ months is pretty incredible. The walls now have a fresh coat of colorful paint, the reading rooms are furnished with wooden shelves neatly stacked with donated books on literature, arts, music, architecture, history, encyclopedias and children’s books… all in Spanish.
And if that’s not exciting enough, here are a few statistics from opening day:
- 200 people came through the doors
- 100 library cards were issued
- 20 books were checked out
- and nearly every chair was occupied throughout the day.
A sincere congratulations to Mitch, Vicki and everyone involved in this amazing new community project!
To learn how the project began, read: Announcing “El Centro de La Gente” Library and Community Center in Lo de Marcos (June 13, 2014)
About El Centro de La Gente: El Centro de La Gente is a new community center that will offer a variety of activities and services to the children and adults of Lo de Marcos, including a lending library, computer lab, designated reading space, book exchange and more. Volunteers and donations are still needed, including Spanish language books for children, teenagers and adults, as well as new or gently used desktop and laptop computers for the computer lab, bookshelves for the library and other furniture to furnish El Centro. To learn more or to make a one-time gift or recurring donation, visit El Centro de La Gente.