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Better late than never! Nancy Kilby reflects on their visit to the Dominican Republic last November

We had a great trip to Gaspar Hernandez in mid-November.  Dr. Beverly Cook accompanied us (Rose and Nancy).  With her excellent translating abilities, we were able to have more in-depth conversations with the Gaspar leader team and with the librarians concerning the current state of the library as well as future plans.

 We were so pleased with all the hard work that had occurred since our last visit in February! The library is functioning as both a school library for the Compassion International School as well as a public library. The Gaspar leader team has been very wise and judicious with the expenditures for the library expansion and the implementation of programs.  Since February, the exterior area beside the church had been newly stuccoed and painted; an internet connection in the library with one computer for public use had been added; and two new shelving units had been constructed with an additional one in the planning stages.

The librarians had done a wonderful job of organizing the library, labeling the shelves, putting bar codes on all the books and had started hosting story times. The story times are very popular with both the children and the librarians. Additionally, groups of Compassion children come to the library every day for homework help, tutoring, and quiet reading time. Approximately 300 Compassion children are benefitting from this close association.  

The library is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 -11:30 every morning and from 2:00-5:00 every afternoon. It is also open for special programs at other times. The general public is welcome to come to the library at any time.