Coffee + Chat (Placemaking / Transformation) w/ Jane Mirandette, SJDS Biblioteca
Historically in Central America, libraries don’t lend their books. In fact, for most residents there is almost no access to books and educational materials, unless you’re very wealthy.
After establishing a small lending bookshelf in her hotel in Nicaragua, Jane Mirandette (a resident of Colorado) realized the enormous need for access to books, (and more importantly), libraries in Central America. She created the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Movil in 2001.
In 2002 Jane formed the Hester J Hodgdon Libraries for All, a Colorado nonprofit Corporation to help fund the rapidly growing programs in Central America. The Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All program became a 501C3 charitable organization in 2003.
Since its inception, the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Movil program has been wildly successful in Central America. 2003 saw the expansion of the first lending library and the creation of mobile program, which brings more than 5,000 books to 35 remote farming communities. Over the years the library has become a viable community center, a resource that includes study groups, introductions to English, computer classes, and enrichment classes for schools.
Food & beverages provided
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