Community Volunteers Work Together to Improve Rural Libraries
Since 2011, CASA has helped 14 communities establish community libraries with the goal of providing residences, especially the youngest children, a local space for reading and recreation.
On September 17th, ten volunteers from the communities of Palo Colorado, Montecillo de la Milpa, La Cuadrilla, La Regalada, La Laguna and Tinaja came to CASA´s primary community campus in San Miguel de Allende to share their experiences in their individual rural libraries and identify ways of improving the service.
There was a consensus that more capacity-building workshops are needed, as well as, better monitoring of projects and more publicity is needed to increase the usage off the libraries. This information was given to Lucia Almanza who is in charge of CASA´s main library in San Miguel and responsible for training.
The volunteers from the rural communities were given a tour of the library and the day ended with a small potluck and yet more enthusiasm for helping communities, especially young children experience the joy of reading!