Past Activities

Photos of these and other events are available to view and even download at: http://flickr.com/photos/libraryladyjane/ (This site is a work in progress.)

Annual British Petroleum Matching Funds Drive

Our Annual British Petroleum Matching Funds Drive with Liam McDermott, our Fundraising Events Coordinator, and our good friend Craig Deaves, who is a British Petroleum employee, has begun and will continue through the end of November to coincide with our Anniversary celebration. The help you offer now doubles in value to us. Here’s what you could do to help: You can write a check to HJH Program and mail it to 1716 del Norte Blvd., Loveland, CO 80538 or click on the Just Give button to the left.  You can also go to Just Give at http://www.justgive.org/. We are listed as a registered charity under the name Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries For All Program. Please also consider making a pledge of a monthly or quarterly amount we can count on. If your skills include fund raising or you would be willing to ask friends on our behalf that would help us also. That way you could share our cause with friends while supporting us!

Lincoln Junior High School IB Program, November 11-19, 2009

This year twenty one students and four adults including their principal, Monique Flickinger from Lincoln IB Middle School in Ft. Collins, CO will participate in the second  annual service learning abroad in Nicaragua program. The students will participate in the SJDS Biblioteca Móvil 8th Anniversary Celebration. They are preparing carnival games, collecting face paint and designs and even, I hear, a magic act for the events. The students, teachers and I were interviewed for the local newspaper the Coloradian about their upcoming trip and the newspaper plans to follow their activities via the school’s blog and podcast which is part of the class work for the students while they are in Nicaragua. Lincoln Junior High School IB Program Blog. There are already plans to bring two groups of students in 2010. What a great chance it is for these students to develop a broadened world view early in life.

They will work in the library and on the mobile project, visit with Los Qunichos home/school for street children for a day and provide a picnic lunch, games and crafts to do together. The group will visit museums, hike a volcano and go to the turtle preserve amongst other fun activities. They have all  been busy raising funds for the library as well as their trip and collecting donations of clothing and school supplies to bring with them.

Supplies Arrive in Managua

SJDS Summer09An abundant collection of books, bins, technology, and supplies arrived with Jane in Managua recently.

11th ANIBIPA Conference

On November 10th, the SJDS library staff will be in Managua for the 11th Anniversary of ANIBIPA, the Nicaraguan Library Association, which is being held this year at the Palacio Nacional Library and Museum.  Jane will be presenting the awards and certificates and HJH supplies the raffle prizes.  The conference will last all day and includes lunch, folk dancing and more.  For information: www.anibipa.org.ni

SJDS Biblioteca Celebrates 8 Years!

The holiday season starts with the celebration of the library’s 8th anniversary on November 14.  As in previous years, there will be a huge street fair with activities for everyone right in front of the library!  Below, read what the Lincoln IB students are preparing for the anniversary festivities.

Guadalajara Book Fair, November 28 – December 6, 2009

Two hundred and fifty librarians will attend the book fair  For information about the event visit: http://www.fil.com.mx/ingles/i_index.asp

University of Maryland iSchool Study Abroad Program Jan 10-19, 2010

Simmons GSLIS For-Credit Course in Nicaragua, March 10-19

Read for the Record – Nicaragua 2008 – 2009

Jump Start Program’s “Read for the Record” event began on October 2, 2008.

This year’s chosen book is Corduroy! Children all across the United States will read the book on that one day to stimulate interest in early childhood reading programs . Again this year the chosen book is available in Spanish. Please consider buying and sending us a few copies of Corduroy in Spanish (Corduroy en español) (ISBN 0833545760). We will make a year-long event out of promoting reading using the book in both Spanish and English. More information is available at www.readfortherecord.org. Simmons students Stephanie Donohue and Jessica DeAngelis are seen reading Corduroy to a group of children and parents during one of the many Navidad Fiestas the mobile program held during the holiday season.

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, July 9-15

Volunteer Tourism: How Study Abroad and Service Learning Programs Transfer Skills and Help Sustain Grassroots Lending Libraries in Central America
Jane Mirandette, Hester J Hodgdon Libraries for All Program, Loveland, CO
Hannah Miller, Hester J Hodgdon Libraries For All Program, Washington, DC
Sunday, July 12, 2009, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

One aspect to sustaining a grassroots library is skills transfer; the professional development of staff. How to keep staff abreast of new library developments when electricity and technology are scarce? The Hester J Hodgdon’s Libraries for All Program has established skill transfer connections in the form of volunteer tourism. What makes volunteer tourism so compatible with skill transfer is that it becomes the arena for problem solving in its most genuine form. We will show how long term programs with Simmons College and the study abroad course held with the University of Maryland, bring library and information science students, eager for experience and willing to share their knowledge together with the San Juan del Sur Nicaragua’s library staff. Site visits to mobile library projects, lending library programs and workshops with the Nicaraguan Library Association foster an important “Inter-cambio” or exchange of skills and ideas. Students learn what is like to create and run libraries with little or no resources and to share valuable training with staff. The influx of resources for the libraries and support for the community brought by these programs are other aspects of sustainability that will be explored. Information will be offered on developing applications and curriculum as a model for library science graduate programs and other developing nations’ library programs as well.

Yes We Can: Support International Sustainable Library Development
ALA IRRT
Monday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
McCormick Place West, W-181
The speakers at this program will discuss skills transfer as a way to develop
sustainable libraries.

Speakers: Susan Schnuer, Mortenson Center for International Programs,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Gail Wilett, South Africa Partners;
Jane Mirandette, San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Movil

ALA Midwinter Convention Denver, CO Jan 23-28, 2009

Jane Mirandette and HJH Volunteers Hannah Miller, Carolyn Ziering, Michelle Call, Carole McPhee, and John Furlong attended various meetings and sessions or actively contacted publishers on the trade show floor throughout the show. Nearly 500 books were purchased or donated to the program. Plans were made for the upcoming Book Expo America and ALA Annual conventions in June and July 2009. Jane Mirandette and Hannah Miller have submitted a poster for the Global Solutions Session at the ALA Annual Convention in July. Jane will be one of three panelists speaking during the International Sustainable Libraries Session.

ALA Robot

University of Maryland iSchool Study Abroad Program Jan 10-19, 2009

Also in January 2009, 10 students embarked on the University of Maryland’s first study abroad course to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. They were led by Dr. Ann Weeks and accompanied by two university librarians who have traveled to Nicaragua previously. The goal of this course was to learn more about international library development and about Nicaragua in general, volunteer at the Biblioteca Móvil in San Juan del Sur and, of course, to see the sights of this beautiful country. Everyone participated in a Book Fair the students organized at the library and the central park. Check their blog below….

University of Maryland iSchool Blog – www.ischoolnicaragua.blogspot.com

Simmons College Library Science Volunteer Trip, Jan 4- 12, 2009

This was the 5th year a group of students from Simmons Library and Information Science Program ventured to Nicaragua to volunteer with our programs and offer help and expertise in a variety of ways. This group of nine men and women was the largest Simmons group to date. Without benefit of a formal program most have done independent study projects based on their experiences and several have returned on more than one or two trips. The students from 2008 initiated a volunteer group of their own called the Nica Sisterhood — that year it was all women. There is some talk of calling it the Nica family or sister/brotherhood this year and I was thrilled to hear the Simmons students inviting the Maryland students to join the” family” Check this blog as well.

Simmons Dispatches from the Field Blog

Read for the Record – Nicaragua 2008 – 2009

Jump Start Program’s “Read for the Record” event began on October 2, 2008.

This year’s chosen book is Corduroy! Children all across the United States will read the book on that one day to stimulate interest in early childhood reading programs . Again this year the chosen book is available in Spanish. Please consider buying and sending us a few copies of Corduroy in Spanish (Corduroy en español) (ISBN 0833545760). We will make a year-long event out of promoting reading using the book in both Spanish and English. More information is available at www.readfortherecord.org. Simmons students Stephanie Donohue and Jessica DeAngelis are seen reading Corduroy to a group of children and parents during one of the many Navidad Fiestas the mobile program held during the holiday season.

Christmas Events with the SJDS Biblioteca Móvil, Dec 9-Jan 6.

Christmas and New Years Celebrations fall during the “summer” school vacation months. Schools close before Dec 1st typically in Nicaragua and open again after the first of February. For several years now the SJDS Biblioteca Móvil has set up library summer session areas in several communities where the mobile continues to loan books and brings holiday crafts and fiestas. Gifts of stuffed animals, a piñata and snacks as well as stories are the most popular of the fiesta events. The library itself in SJDS is very busy during this season. Many children flock to the library to create small gifts and cards and participate in reading activities, story-telling and ornament making. Christmas does not end until the Feast of the Three Kings so there is plenty of time for everyone to take part in the activities.

November 15, 2008 Seventh Anniversary Celebration!

The final event in our British Petroleum Matching Funds and Book Drive Program

The 7th anniversary of the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Publica and Móvil was the last event in our 3 month long book drive and matching funds drive with our good friend and supporter Craig Deaves.  Over $5000. and 1500 books collected were the results of Craig’s efforts this season.  We wish to thank Craig for all his hard work on our behalf for the thrid consecutive year.

The Anniversary event was held at the library and in the park; over 700 people during the day attended. Children were served popcorn, cookies, and chocolita in the morning. There were 7 piñatas, various games and contests with prizes, and 38 children and adults received reading awards including Sr. Alfredo Carcamo, the adult who read the most books this year. Dinners for two were donated by local restaurants. Timón, Gato Negro, El Globo, Captain Jim’s, and Asado Vilma. Prizes were donated by Fotocopias Gonazles, Will Station Internet, Miscellania Calderon, Variadades Tita, Varidades Greta Franch and Gaby Mar etc. The community participation in this event spoke loudly to us all.

Yadira Ponce of the Ministry of Education and Jane Mirandette, Directora of the library program spoke and gave out reading awards to children and adults. Local teenagers who volunteer were also given awards for their service. Alicia Rivera, age 9 read the story Corduroy from the stage as part of our annual Read for the Record Literacy Campaign. Christian Rivas, a local artist and many of the children who are regular participants at the library created the backdrop shown here with the ideas that we fly with our books and can travel wherever and whenever we wish!

David Green Liebowitz, a librarian from Lafayette, Colorado who is here on a 3 month volunteer project took all the pictures which can be seen on our Flickr site at www.flicker.com/photos/libraryladyjane. Thirty teachers were honored and invited to create and keep their own Christmas craft projects. Three librarians from another Library in A Box Library in Concepción also attended. The professors, staff and 150 children from the mobile project communities were served lunch at the library.

The event ended with Eskimo ice cream being served to over 350 children. The line circled the park and it took over 1 hour for everyone to receive their ice cream.

Our event was funded by donations as are all the library programs. If you would like to contribute please click the donate button to the left or contact Jane Mirandette at janem101@aol.com.

November 15 was the final day of our matching grant fund with British Petroleum and supporter Craig Devers, BP employee and library supporter. This annual event is always a huge help to us. Our thanks to Craig and our Fund-raising Coordinator Liam McDermott.

Lincoln Junior High School IB Program, November 12-20, 2008

Seventeen students and four adults from Lincoln Junior High School in Ft. Collins, CO participated in their first service learning abroad in Nicaragua program. The students participated in the SJDS Biblioteca Móvil 7th Anniversary Celebration, assisted with the Mobile program, and had been busy raising funds and collecting donations of clothing and school supplies to bring with them. The group visited Mombacho Volcano and took the Flying Frog Canopy Tour just outside of San Juan del Sur. They had several other opportunities to experience rural life and the cultural richness of Nicaragua. Most students commented at a pot luck dinner wrap up back in Fort Collins in December that they were each impressed by the friendliness of everyone and the good nature and obvious happiness of students with so much less than they have. I even heard one young lady say ‘I have nothing in my life to complain about and now I know it!’ The teachers and students are all planning to return.

Principal Monique Flickinger, teachers Melinada Danielson and Marilyn Tiberio Rennatt and Marilyn’s husband Ivar Rennat and the students all attended and participated, decorating, painting faces, making balloon animals, and helping with games as part of their service learning abroad program. They were in San Juan with us for an entire week as part of the library’s ongoing volunteer program.

To check out the school’s blog scroll down to the November in Nicaragua dates. Lincoln Junior High School IB Program Blog

Nicaragua Shoulder to Shoulder

Nicaragua Shoulder to Shoulder is an international service-learning experience that incorporates volunteer work for literacy, public health, and social justice. A spring trip to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua provides opportunities for students to work side by side with community members, gain understanding through cultural exchange, and participate in reflection and academic exercises examining poverty and development. Student participants also design a related academic component in conjunction with one of their spring courses.

Biblioteca Móvil Summer 2007

ANIBIPA Seminar

ANIBIPA Conference Attendees

Teaching Storytime

August Pictures 005

ANIBIPA Conference

ALA June 25

The American Library Association (ALA) holds its annual conference at the end of June in a different U.S. city each year. In the exhibit hall there are poster sessions with different themes; one of these is about international library efforts. The HJH Program has presented a poster on different topics for a few years now. Links to the most recent poster and associated paper are below.

Jane and Poster

ALA Poster! (Click the image for a larger version.)

ALA Poster 2007

Newsletters

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February 2008

New Year

Annual Simmons Visit