Recognizing the Support of Library Volunteers

By Karla Ortiz

La Biblioteca of San Miguel de Allende would not receive the donations it receives day-by-day if it weren’t for the volunteers who donate their time and effort, without expecting anything in return. Last Tuesday, La Biblioteca Pública recognized the work of the volunteers. The Board of Directors demonstrated transparency and accountability with respect to the collections for this year in comparison with previous years and showed what is received from social enterprises, donations, loans, and memberships; how much income there was, and how it is invested.

Every day library volunteers who help in different areas strive to achieve a mission; to help more young people enrich their knowledge in workshops, courses, and scholarships. They support by offering language classes, painting, music, summer workshops, work in the thrift shop, operating tours, proofreading the newspaper, working at the theater, and being on the Board of Directors. Each area of the library has volunteers: House & Garden, 63; Courses and Workshops, 24; Library, 29; Thrift Shop, 6; Atención, 15; Members of the Board, 7; and theater, 1. In total, 145 hearts support the Library. Thanks to them, great results have been achieved in this institution, among them an agreement with the UVEG (Virtual University of the State of Guanajuato) and access to 451,890 digital book titles; creation of new areas: fundraising, human resources, systems and operations, Qué Pasa (online calendar); improvements in the thrift shop and sound alliances with the municipality, Tourist Council, Mujeres en Cambio, Casa Europa, and others. The government made a donation of 15 new computers for online students to use. For the coming year, new projects will be carried out, such as training programs; memberships for access to the virtual library; improvement of the security of books inside the building; setup of information kiosks, control of inventory in Tesoros, Café Santa Ana, and books in the library with new software; promotion of Mexican traditions; cleaning the art collection; and producing a new mural. Several library workers were introduced and volunteers enjoyed Mexican punch, tamales, and cupcakes.

 

“There is nothing stronger in the world than a volunteer’s heart.”—Coronel James H. Doolittle

 

Thank you for all your support!

 

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