Library and Community Center

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Library and Community Center
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Country: Dominican_Republic
Volunteer(s) Name: E Plewa
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Illinois
Funds community contributed: $2968.24
Percentage community contributed: 49%
Funds needed were: $2478.22
Funds requested were: $3061.44
PPCP #: 517-295
Year of project approval: 2009
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Info about the Library and Community Center


A youth group in a rural, remote community is currently working with the local school director and teachers to improve what both groups consider a major problem in the community: lack of access to quality books. There is a strong desire in the community for books to provide both information and an opportunity for reading for pleasure. The Library and Community Center project is the result of a goal set by the local youth group to improve their community by bringing books to the town and incorporating them into the school curriculum and extra-curricular activities, such as a youth group-led reading group for smaller children. The school director, teachers and youth are dedicated to using the acquired library books to improve literacy not only among school children, but also among area adults.

The books will be housed in a public library and community center. The building will be basic, but will help the community immensely. It will serve as the home to the books, the location for the reading group, and a place for community meetings and events to be held. Since the time the youth group set this goal, the members have worked tirelessly to raise funds locally and nationally to make their dreams of having a place to hold community events, with fully-stocked shelves of Spanish books, as well as French books for the Haitian population in town, a reality. There are no libraries or bookstores anywhere near the remote, rural community, so all donations to the book project will be enthusiastically appreciated. The project funds raised will be used to furnish the center, and fill it with library books.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.

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