If you’re interested in donating books to the Biblioteca Project, please visit our Wish List on Amazon.com.
The Biblioteca Project began in 2008 with a fellowship grant from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. (This particular grant, the William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose, is awarded to three college graduates each year. For more information, see ISI’s Web site.) The focus of the Biblioteca Project is the creation of a small library at the Casa Guadalupe Community Center in Comayagua for local students who are not able to access the nearest public library. The library will give these students and their families access to up-to-date reference materials, religious books, non-fiction and literature and a small computer lab.
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (with whom the Missioners collborate in many of our apostolates) have generously set aside a classroom in Casa Guadalupe to house the library. They have also built six large shelving units and acquired (through donations) tables and desks, chairs and couches, 8 computers and some 400 children’s books. (Unfortunately, most of these books are flimsy paperback volumes, and I’m afraid they won’t last very long!) We are currently in the process of coordinating donations, cataloging books and setting up our computer lab. The library officially opened two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) as a quiet study space for students on May 5, 2009.
- Books – We accept fiction, non-fiction and religious books for children, teens and adults, as well as textbooks and reference materials. Due to space constraints, we cannot accept any materials in English; all books must be in Spanish or bilingual (Spanish and English). We prefer hardcover or library-bound books (sometimes you’ll see this option on Amazon or similar sites), though we will accept paperback books. We are most in need of religious books, especially for children and teens. If you’re interested in donating, check out our Amazon Wish List. (If that link doesn’t work, you can search on Amazon for the list using “Missioners of Christ” or my e-mail address.)
- You may either send books directly to Honduras (at the address below) or with a mission team or visitor from the States. International shipping is not 100% reliable, but it seems to be the more convenient of the two options. Then of course there’s always the third option, which is to send the books with me on my next trip, but I’ll only be making trips back and forth 2-3 times a year! Books may be mailed to us in Honduras at:
Misioneros de Cristo
Honduras, Central America
* UPDATE: If you buy books or movies on Amazon, you can ship them directly to Honduras through DHL – I think it costs about $5/book. As far as I can tell, this seems to be a pretty reliable option.*
- We can also accept new or used DVD’s with a Spanish Audio option (that is, dubbed dialogue – not simply Spanish subtitles). Please only send wholesome films – see the Wish List on Amazon for suggested titles.
- One-time donations will help us to purchase books, reference materials, software, office supplies (including paper, ink and toner for our printer and copier) and equipment (television, DVD player, projector, headphones, etc.) for the library.
- Employee support – In the future, we hope to hire a librarian to manage the library and its programs, but we won’t be able to do this until a benefactor steps forward to provide her salary. (E-mail me for details.)
If you would like to make a donation to support this project or would like more information, contact us at biblioteca.missionersofchrist [at] gmail [dot] com (address re-formatted to prevent spamming). God bless you for your generosity!