Archive for December, 2009

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Highsmith and Rasmussen

December 30, 2009

I finally decided where I’m getting the book protection stuff from, thanks to a recommendation from Mary Dimaggio, Rasmussen College’s librarian. She’s been an incredible help in getting ideas and lists together. (As a side note, Rasmussen College itself is nice.) Anyway, I made a tentative Wish List on Highsmith.com‘s library materials site today, and plan on ordering some things in the next couple of days.  They have a great selection, and the catalog has given me even more things to think about–surprise, surprise. Shelving is understandably very expensive, but looking at different designs gives me something to keep in mind if we make some.

Today I went back to Pan de Vida and found a nice hardback Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, some Spanish children’s music, and a neat kids book. The concordance was my big expenditure, but it’s worth it. I didn’t want to spend much more so I can afford a good variety of book tape and book protection. Fortunately, these things are reasonably priced. You can see for yourself by clicking the “Wish List” button. I’m starting to think seriously about card cataloging systems, and they’re surprisingly expensive–though maybe that’s me being naive. I want to call some libraries in the area and see if they might know of anyone who would have one…

Oh! I realize that I never gave an update on our first Club Leo collection. We got three books for this first one, which is fine because it was all done on a small scale with limited time. We’ll  be doing this again in 2010. Speaking of which, I hope your year of 2010 is delightful. =]

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Ginger Creek Missions

December 28, 2009

I mentioned earlier that some of my youth group friends are in Nicaragua right now. Please visit the blog links below to read about what they are doing.

Day 1 of the Medical Clinic

End of Medical Clinic – Day 1

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Pochocuape Location Update

December 28, 2009

Thanks to a friend of mine, I have an image of Pochocuape from Google Earth–and consequently the latitude and longitude!

Here’s the screen shot he sent me:

Pochocuape

(Click to enlarge)

Using the latitude and longitude, the location is pinpointed on these maps as well:

http://www.gorissen.info/Pierre/maps/googleMapLocation.php?lat=12.042678&lon=-86.181578

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?l=12.0426&g=-86.1815

With the first link you can zoom in pretty far and click “satellite,” but the best aerial image is, by far, the one found by my friend.

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La Chureca Location Info Update

December 27, 2009

I just found a great image showing the location of La Chureca. Thus, I have updated the post entitled “Where is La Chureca?

Check it out.

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Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2009

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. There’s a local store with Spanish materials that will be closing on the 31st. I went there a week or so ago and bought one book. I intend to return in a few days and see what I can get with some of my Christmas money.

On another note, some of the people I first went down to Nicaragua with just went on another trip down there this morning–I can’t wait to hear their stories. I’ve recently realized how quickly time is passing–I only have a couple week to decide which books to send down with the January trip, and I still need to purchase some sort of binding protection for them. I’m leaning towards the kind which I’m sure is more expensive, but also more sturdy: that thick plastic you often see on paperback library books. I’ll be checking prices soon, and seeing where I can order some.

I recently found out that when my youth group goes back to Nicaragua in July, one of our projects will be supporting the Library Mission. I don’t know what exacting we’ll be collecting–Spanish books, classroom materials, some other specific need–but it’ll be really exciting. =] I’ve been thinking a lot about the effects of the library, and so I’m reading a book called “Cross-Cultural Servanthood.” I want to ensure that they feel valuable and loved, not belittled or inferior–because the latter is far from showing Christ’s love. I want the library to be something that points people to God’s love for them, reminding them year ’round what Christmas is all about.

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New: FAQs Page

December 5, 2009

It will soon be possible for you to find out everything you could possibly want to know about the Library Mission simply by clicking that wonderful little tab entitled, “FAQs.” As of now there is a rather small list of questions, so comment below with any question you may have. This is dual-purpose because you will get your question answered and others will get to read the answers all in one place. =]