The work of the Library Committee is to encourage and strengthen reading for education and for pleasure among all public school children on Ometepe. To facilitate this, we are dedicated to supporting access to libraries and library materials and are committed to assisting in training and development of librarians and classroom teachers who develop and maintain their school libraries.
There are 42 schools on Ometepe (33 primary schools and nine secondary schools). On the island, a school library is generally where textbooks for all the classes are stored. The space can range from shelves in the principal’s office to a designated room with books for browsing and tables and chairs for the students.
Our annual grant program began in 2004 after a group of English teachers visited Bainbridge and told us how they had only one to three textbooks for each class of 50 to 60 students. The teachers added that they always ran out of chalk supplies before the end of the year. Since that time, we have offered an annual grant to each of the schools. In the beginning, requests would be for both books and classroom materials. Now we are focusing more on textbooks and books to encourage the love of reading — novels, poetry, etc. — as well as cabinets to safely store the books.