Aiming to Build Reading Habits, CASA Begins a Library for a San Miguel Viejo Preschool
By Diana Huerta
The Community Library Network, a part of the Library Program of the Center for the Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende (CASA), received a request in 2016 from the Sputnik Preschool Director of Special Education, Maria Cecilia Rico Gomez for a library.
Located in the community of San Miguel Viejo, the preschool is just 20 minutes outside downtown San Miguel. There is a free space here that could be used as a reading area. Folks there decided that it would be a good place to have a library. Due to a lack of availability of resources, it was not until the beginning of 2017 that the Community Library Network had the opportunity to attend to the request but, by the middle of 2019, building began. Before then, the Community Library Network had other commitments to build or rehabilitate libraries in the communities of San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo, and San Luis de Paz.
“I would really like if there was a little animal in space for the mural, because Sputnik is the name of the first satellite that was sent into space,” Sputnik school teacher Cecilia Gómez told CASA in 2019. And so artist Christian Jaramillo, member of CASA’s graffiti-art program for youth, Ranchero Pandillero, decided to paint a mural that met the teacher’s wish. Jaramillo was inspired in one night to design the large mural.
“A multicolored quetzal in a random point in space, looking at Earth, being admired at the same time by an astronaut relaxing on a planet,” is how Jaramillo describes the mural he produced.
Once the construction of the library finishes, the boys and girls at the school will have a pleasant, beautiful, and inspiring place to do their activities. Above all, they will have access to the benefits of a library, despite the environmental and community challenges that surround them.
The team of librarians feels satisfied and enthusiastic about the goals achieved through this program, and gratitude for the support of the community, of the reading committee, of the artist Christian Jaramillo, and of the outreach team and director. Together, the program looks forward to witnessing the achievements of future readers in San Miguel Viejo.
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If you wish to support the project of the Community Library Network, or if you desire a library in your community, please contact Lic Lizbeth Guerrero, outreach coordinator of the Community Library Network, at email@example.com or at (415) 15 4 60 60 / 90 ext. 110. Our address is Santa Julia 15, colonia Santa Julia. You can also find out more about us by visiting www.casa.org.mx