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Community Interests & Goals

October 12, 2009

That books I’ve been reading–as well as other documents–about starting small libraries have given me some great things to think about. One of these is community interests. For example, a fishing village would likely be interested in materials relating to fish or fishing, but not those on raising crops in the desert. Libraries are wonderful sources of both entertainment and information. However, it’s my job right now to make sure that they get the information they would find useful, and the entertainment they would find entertaining. Once we have someone down in Nicaragua that I can talk to, it will give me a better idea of what specific materials will be worthwhile to have in La Chureca. There will understandably be limited space.

For now it is hard to say what materials, specifically, are needed. The best thing to say would be children’s books, because the ideas used in them are fairly universal, and reference materials such as encyclopedias because they enhance the classroom experience. Books that are more generic, versus specialized, are better. You can get some ideas by the books that I’ve picked up from library book sales by going to the LibraryThing account linked on the right side. It’s pretty hard to go wrong when it comes to children’s books. However, it’s a good thing to keep pictures in mind: kids in Nicaragua would probably like to see pictures of kids that look like themselves.

This leads me to the topic of goals. I have written down goals that will assist me in writing a good mission statement. Here’s what I can up with…

Goals:
-to improve lives through the provision of enriching resources.
-to make the people feel valuable and loved
-to generate enthusiasm for reading
-to provide tools that will help them improve their future in more ways than one
-to nurture interests and hobbies that will make them more valuable members of their society
not to change their culture, but rather to give them access to more of it

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