The Book Project

Reading is the basis of all learning. Over 10 years ago a group of full and part-time Oaxaca residents began a literacy project to open children’s libraries in the city of Oaxaca itself, and in villages throughout the state, installing libraries and training librarians to instill a love of reading among the children of the community.

Members of the communities that hosted a library have played, and continue to play, an active role in creating and maintaining the library. A clear sign of the appeal and success of the children’s libraries has been that books have become worn and even “lost”. If they are to remain open, many libraries must now replace their books as well as expand the collection to meet the needs of increasingly literate readers.

The Project

CANFRO will purchase new books (in Spanish) to increase the collections of existing libraries in the state of Oaxaca. CANFRO will work with Libros para Pueblos to select libraries and purchase books.

Project Outcomes

As more and more children and youth have access to books and read for fun, their overall literacy levels rise, giving them a solid base for success in school. Book Project Success Stories.

Want to Help?

It costs $800 USD per year to provide an ‘infusion set of books’ to an existing library. Donors may adopt a library singly or do so with friends, family, or an organization. Of course, any amount donated is welcome.

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