CHURCH VILLAGE LIBRARY, BELIZE
by L. Howard
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library has been developed to promote literacy and increase the
awareness of the importance of education.
At this time it focuses on the youth but adult programs
are also being developed.
The library itself is a structure that belongs to the Orange
Walk Department of Education (Belize) and has been allocated to
the village for use as a library (July 2004).
It was originally built by the Peace Corps for the
housing of a volunteer. Individuals
who hold supporting documents (signed and stamped with the
departments seal) are Mrs. Marina Arevalo (Indian Church
resident, 309.1015), Ms. Rubiceli Verela (OW Dept. of Education,
322.2267), and Laura Howard (Beyond Touring, 954.415.2897).
The library building was first renovated in July 2004 by Eduardo
Bautista with: a
new porch (zinc roof/posts and cement block border); a new
interior ceiling, insulation/protection of a plywood interior
wall, painting both inside and out; new seals/borders and
screens on windows; sealants and repairs to the roof; and
protection against termites and woodborers.
Furniture that was built for the library includes:
two large shelves that extend from the floor to the
ceiling; two small benches and tables built for children; nine
wooden chairs and three tables for adults; central shelving
around the interior perimeter; and a blackboard.
In July 2006 the library was expanded on with a 10' x 16'
addition, again built by Eduardo Bautista.
The extension was built off the east, with slated windows
on each side an interior door and a new back door.
A small porch was also constructed off the back/east
work would not have been possible without the following
individuals and organizations in Indian Church Village:
Programs the library currently runs include a youth Summer
Reading Incentive Program, Adult Literacy Program (not yet
implemented), after school programs, and study hours for
scholarship students. The
library is currently open four days a week and a total of 18
hours; 4 hours paid by BNLS and 14 by private donations,
librarian position is currently held by Sonia Arevalo and the
past librarian was Lorena Lopez.
far we would like to SEND
following individuals & organizations:
– Christiana and John Stich (firstname.lastname@example.org,
and Marie Venezia (email@example.com),
for donations of books and money.
– Matthew Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org,
223.1771), for providing an APO mailing address that is much
Walk Department of Education
– Ms. Janet, Ms. Rubiceli Varela and Mr. Carballo, for
assisting with supply payments and providing a structure for the
– (email@example.com, 610.3629 or
3417) – Orange Walk Area Representative, for assisting with
payments for supplies to L & R Imports in Orange Walk.
– (Commercial Law Group, firstname.lastname@example.org,
wk 405.232.3001, hm 232.3035), for donation of funds for
structural improvements AND the addition to the library
& Mrs. Webster
for donation of funds for structural improvements to the library
, Les Frayne (email@example.com),
for donation of books.
National Library Services (BNLS)
– Ms. Lucy Castillo (firstname.lastname@example.org,
223.4248 or 4249) overall support that includes the CATALOGING
OF ALL BOOKS THE LIBRARY OWNS AND LIBRARIAN TRAINING.
and Elodia Bautista
322.3701) for the renovation repairs that have been conducted
thus far on the library and for support and guidance on the
layout and maintenance of the building.
– Harbour Winn (email@example.com)
School Student Group from Oklahoma City, OK, USA, donation of
books and labor (painting).
and Bill Fuller
for donation of funds for books and building renovations.
309.1015) for assistance with construction, transport, and
thanks also goes out to Karen Pierce (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Claude and Louise Belanger (email@example.com),
and Indian Church Village Residents for their help
painting and planning as well as guidance and assistance with
Arevalo and Lorena Lopez-Stanchly
– Librarians who are present day in and day out for the real
day to day running of the library
individuals to thank include: