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Book Donation Spreads Joy in 4 Countries

Posted by on Monday, August 27, 2012 in Libraries in the News

By René Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Hedberg Public Library
The recent donation of 500+ books by Hector Marino was a bigger gift than even he could have imagined.  The books were first brought to René Bue, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator at Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin by Armando Trejo, then president of the REFORMA Midwest Chapter.  With René’s connections to international libraries, the books were about to take a journey to 3 different countries, where they would bring smiles to many children.

The first group to receive some of the books was the Friends of Emiliano Zapata in Emiliano Zapata, Chiapas, Mexico.  The Friends group began in 2010 with just 14 people from a church in the United States traveling to Chiapas; in 2012, the group plans to complete a comprehensive assessment of health, nutrition, and resources to help build sustainable systems.

The Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas (W/NP) Lending Library program in Nicaragua also received a box of books.  These books will be sent to Nicaragua for use in some of the more than 17 lending libraries.  

The next program to receive books was Weave Hope Inc. of Santa Catarina Palopó in Guatemala.  Weave Hope is a nonprofit founded to directly promote and support literacy in the community library Ru K'ux Na'oj in Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala. The group’s founder, Erin Conway, came to Hedberg Public Library to pick up 2 boxes of boxes of books when she was home for a week in July.

You can find more information about the organizations mentioned in this post online:

Wisconsin Nicaraguan Partners:
Friends of Emiliano Zapata:
Weave Hope:
Ms. Bue was also able to keep some of the books to add to the Children’s Spanish collection at Hedberg Public Library and some to use as give-aways at their annual Día de los niños program in April.  This was a very generous gift that will change a lot of lives for children in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and locally in Janesville, Wisconsin.  ¡Muchísimas gracias Señor Marino!

Written by:
René Bue
Bilingual Outreach Coordinator
Hedberg Public Library
316 S. Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545

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