The Book Project
Reading is the basis of all learning. Beginning in 1998, 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.