Archive for April, 2010


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April 22, 2010

This is fairly straightforward. You no longer have to search for the Library Mission page or click the badge on the sidebar. You can now go directly to to visit us there. =]

On a side note, I took part in a conference call yesterday. Marcia–who has a ton on her plate–is going to look into some of the things outlined in an earlier post. (Like the cabinets–which, by the way, is now a minimum of four because Maria has added another class to the school!)


Mission Trip Prep – More Details

April 20, 2010

I mentioned earlier how my youth group broke into groups to plan various aspects of our forthcoming trip. We had our second breakout session yesterday, and I have a bit more detailed outline of our Library Mission project. Bob and I threw around some numbers and came up with a current projection of $1,500 to cover costs. What will this money go towards?

  • $300.00 for book laminate (this number is almost exact because I know how much the stuff costs; it will cover the books we already have and leave laminate for later.)
  • $300.00 for approx 3 cabinets (this is an estimate because we have no solid source of obtainment)
  • $500.00 for a quality Spanish encyclopedia set (this is based on the prices I saw on Amazon, though we hope to purchase this in Nicaragua)
  • $100.00 for various reference materials (dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
  • $30-40 for The Chronicles of Narnia (Again, Amazon.)

This is a little of $1,200. We rounded up because you never know what extra expenses may occur, and then if we fall a bit short we’ll presumably be okay. If we have extra it can be given to Maria to purchase more books later, or we could get them ourselves. How will this money be raised? Through fundraisers like car washes and cookouts, and anyone who wants to contribute. (Hint, hint.)

If you don’t have money, there are things other than books that would be great to have. Some ideas for donations are puzzles, Memory games, checkers, chess, art supplies, and items similar to those found here and here.


March Club Leo

April 20, 2010

Yesterday I got the books that were ordered in March! LibraryThing couldn’t find the ISBNs, so I had to add all 18 of the manually. (Fun and excitement.) I’m very happy with them. They’re short and simple with fun pictures, and written to help kids learn letter combinations and diphthongs. The series they are a part of is understandably called “Cuentos Fonéticos” (phonetics stories).  You can check out the titles here.

Do you know how many books we have now? Well, I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to go here to find out. =P

Cuentos Fonétics de Scholastic (y yo).


Book Evaluations (Among Other Things)

April 19, 2010

There are a few people that have committed to helping me read and review all the books donated thus far, and I am grateful for them. I read one of the bilingual books myself (so short it hardly counts), but I plan on reading other longer ones.

I did a bit of comparing and I think I found the best deal on book laminate (book protection). Woohoo! Now I need to decide whether or not it’s worth it to get book tape as well. First, how much better is book tape than regular tape? And will the entire book last long enough to make the extra expense worthwhile? I’m leaning towards forgoing book tape and instead looking for Spanish reference materials–something Maria professed a need for. Ideally, I would like to purchase them in Nicaragua. Then we don’t have to ship them, it’s putting money in the economy, and I’d know it’s the type of encyclopedia/dictionary/thesaurus/etc. that they would be useful and of interest to them.

Today I stumbled across a very interesting site while comparing prices: Learning Resources. I’m not planning on getting anything there now, but it gives me lots of ideas. What I like is that the site has learning games made with native Spanish speakers in mind, rather than for those learning it as a second language. I wish I knew more of what kind of school materials are available in Nicaragua and their cost.


Mission Trip Prep

April 6, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been fairly busy; I finished High School and a Grandparent died and some other stuff. Of course, now I have some things to talk about, hence the title of this post. Yesterday was Salt Company’s first mission trip planning meeting . I was–surprise, surprise–on the team in charge of figuring out what we are doing regarding the Library Mission. (There’s so much else going on, and I’ll post about some of it later.)

We plan on getting a couple locking cabinets to store the books in each classroom, and some books as well. I’ve been sending emails all day to get help with figuring out costs and to put together the Book Evaluation team. I have a quick update on Club Leo March: we should be getting around 15 books. And I got nine more books that haven’t been added to LibraryThing yet. Other than that, I’m going to be deciding whether to get more book protection supplies.