Our objective is simply to bring the pleasure of reading to as many children of Nicaragua as possible. We have the first free lending library in Granada operating on a regular schedule, deliver books to many of the local elementary schools, have begun opening "Rincones de Lectura" reading rooms and are starting to deliver "bibiliotecaulas" which are small libraries on wheels. We endeavor to investigate and develop any and all activities that will bring the discovery of reading to the children.
Puedo Leer… “I Can Read”
Nicaraguan children don't read books for many reasons. Books are expensive, a high illiteracy rate prevents many parents from reading to their children, many children don’t attend school, and books are not affordable in schools either. It is a rare school that has a library or a reading program.
A partnering of Nicaraguan and international volunteers prompted donors to search for Spanish children's books in their countries, and finally Puedo Leer took the road, delivering books weekly to elmentary classrooms.
As books made their debut in the public schools, enthusiasm passed from teacher to teacher and from teacher to student. For many of them, holding a quality children’s book was a first. Children began to look forward to stories being read to them, then asked to hold the books themselves. As splashes of color and bold graphics jumped from each page and the ability to read became a reality, a new world began to unfold.
From this successful program grew Granada’s first and only lending library, Biblioteca Puedo Leer, its shelves filled with children’s books and magazines, research and reference books for students and professionals, and a growing collection of foreign language books for all.
Workshops and programs invite professionals and parents to learn and discuss issues of importance to their fields or to their families. Story hours at the library capture the attention of children who have found new adventure and new hope between book covers.
How You Can Help
We offer several ways to help the children of Nicaragua to learn the love of reading.
- Donate in the name of a friend, relative or anyone that loves reading.
All you need to do is make a donation to Puedo Leer, tell us in whose name it will be, and we will send a donation certificate which states that a donation has been made in their name to Puedo Leer library in Nicaragua. Give a donation for a holiday, a birthday, in memory of a loved one or in your own name.
- Portable Libraries
Donate $800 as an individual, group or school class and we can provide a portable library to a local school. We’ll send you a picture of the kids receiving the books and you can correspond with them.
- Donate Books
We are seeking children’s books in Spanish and reference books in all languages. If you can help, contact us for shipping information. Cash contributions also are needed to allow us to purchase books and for library operating expenses.
- Donate Funds
Donate online through PayPal via the Donate Now button in the left margin of this page. In this manner, your contribution is tax deductible in the USA. Make sure you indicate that the donation is to be directed to Puedo Leer.
For more information on donations of funds or books to Puedo Leer, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest news from Puedo Leer:
- August 2012
- Issue 10, October 2011
- Issue 9, September 2011
- Issue 8, April 2011
- Issue 7, November 2010
- Issue 6, May 2010
- Issue 5, November 2009
- Issue 4, July 2009
- Issue 3, February 2009
- Issue 2, November 2008
- Issue 1, September 2008