Library tour – Vicente Guerrero
January 24@10:00 am - 5:30 pm
To longterm residents of Oaxaca, Colonia Vicente Guerrero is known principally as the site of the area landfill. Many residents work retrieving items from the garbage dump, which receives almost 500 tons of trash daily. However, in the heart of this marginalized town are two dynamic programs dedicated to youth development: the Libros Para Pueblos-supported library in the primary school and the afterschool youth orchestra known as “Escuela de Música Santa Cecilia,” which now involves more than 100 youth ranging in age from 6 to 21.
We will visit the school library, talk with the educators about the impact of reading programs and then spend an hour with the children as they show us their favorite LPP-donated books and read from them. It’s a chance to see close-up the impact of reading promotion.
After the library visit, we will go a few short blocks to observe a rehearsal of the youth orchestra. We will talk with its organizers to learn how this program has been effective in steering youth away from destructive activities that occur in this town and toward developing personal skills that improve their school and family experiences. One orchestra organizer commented: “You give us your garbage and we give you back music”.
Join us on this special tour. A minimum of 3 people is requested and space is limited to 15 participants. Sign-ups will be allowed until two days before the tour. For more information contact LPP staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951 192 9600 (cell).
Information about this library
LPP collaboration started in: 1998
Number of books: 1114
Number of users per week: 450
Number of books checked out per week: 50
10:00 am – 11:00 am Drive to Colonia Vicente Guerrero
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Reading with children in the library
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Drive to San Bartolo Coyotepec
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lunch (Optional: Visit to the Museum of Art in San Bartolo)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Drive to Colonia Vicente Guerrero
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Visit to “Santa Cecilia” Music School
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Drive back to OLL
Pictures of the library