Tuesday, March 11, 2008

English Reading Library


This is where I usually spend my Saturdays from 10am 'til 2 pm: checking in or out books, shelving books, and various other tasks involved in volunteering. All the books have been donated by individuals, bookstores, and other libraries. Basic operating expenses (rent, utilities, and supplies) are supported by a nominal annual membership fee. The entire staff is volunteers directed by a year-long resident who has done marvelous work in organizing the materials and training the volunteers. A labor of love! Every community should be so lucky as to have a place like this! It's fun to volunteer because then you meet lots of interesting people who use the library, either on a short-term or long-term basis.

23 comments:

George Townboy said...

Love the photos! You are definitely a blessing to the community.

Lynette said...

That's a lovely, inviting place, even without the fine-sounding, helpful folks one would encounter there. Thanks for the photos.

Helen said...

WOW ... so colorful for a library. Is it fun to work there?

Bursa Daily Photo said...

i discovered now your photos ..very bnice shots...
i want to work in the library as well...:)
how did you make it?i mean you opened the biblioteca or ??just curiosity...

alaya said...

i love the green wall and the red shelves :)

Carraol said...

Great place to spent the time!

LeenaM said...

That`s marvelous thing to you! You are inside the community and not just a tourist.
And so important work!
Lovely days to you there in warm Mexico!

Jilly said...

What a great library. Fabulous facility. Is this used by Mexicans who are wanting to learn/improve their English too - or is it just for ex-pats and English-speaking visitors?

Peter said...

Of course, this is nice, but shouldn't you look for Spanish books?

oldmanlincoln said...

Sounds like a great idea, Kate. For old folks, like me and Patty, it would be a place to go in the winter if we could get out of the house. We do have a good local branch library where we go often as we read.

Jim said...

I am a talker, not sure I would do well in a library....shhhhhh

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Very cool! At first, I was surprised to see the word "library" on a building in a post from Mazatlan. Hmmmm. There must be a large number of English-speaking people there!

Tee hee. I'm a library volunteer too -- but in an English-speaking province. ;-)

Kim said...

Kate, This seems a very inviting setting. Don't you love it when you find places that people have come together and worked hard to make happen!
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Jazzy said...

oh great that you can help Kate.
lovely post.

Sailor Girl said...

A LABOUR OF LOVE!!! The World will become a better place when everybody addopts this attitude towards Life and at the WorkPlace!!!! THANKS FOR REMINDING ME THAT!!!!!

Zsolt said...

its really inviting. With a drink sitting there and reading a book:)

Budapest Daily Photo

Kerri said...

Oh i LOVE libraries! One of my favorite places to spend time!!
How nice that you volunteer here!!

marley said...

What a great project to be involved in. I'm involved with my local Community Centre organising events like shows, quiz nights, sales etc. Yesterday I joined the committee as a Trustee. I think its really important for people to involve themselves with local projects. You can donate as much or as little time as you can spare and its so rewarding. Carry on the good work :)

photowannabe said...

That looks like a wonderful place to volunteer. Lots of books in a colorful atmosphere. Great community involvement.

bloglogger said...

Kate: I have hundreds of science and technology magazines filling every corner in my house. They are mainly spanish written magazines. Do you think they can use them at the library? If so, please answer to me either a your blog site or mine. Don't take too long to reply.

Kate said...

bloglogger, Magazines typically are not the kinds of donations that are in the library, but I'll check with the woman who keeps it all organized and then I'll email you with her response. Thanks for the message!

Nikon said...

I love the photos, Kate. The red of the bookshelves, the green walls, & bright lights - looks like a great spot.
Then go outside to read your book - it looks like a very nice spot to sit & read or people-watch.

Lorenzo said...

what is the address of this wonderful place?
or, if no address is available, how do we find it?