Meet Isaias, our traveling librarian extraordinaire at La Puerta Abierta.
Throughout the week, Isaias visits 10 schools and community organizations in Santiago Atitlan. Most of his days are spent conversing with school children 3-10 years of age, yet his work also brings him to high-schools where he connects with teens, and even our community elders’ center where he shares stories with the “abuelos” of our town.
Every Monday afternoon Isaias visits the Basico Nocturno in Tzanjuyu thanks to the generous support from DAI Global LLC who has sponsored the traveling library services for one year in the Tzanjuyu community.
Students are currently reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, an eloquent fictional story about teenage Esperanza who is forced to flee from Mexico to California during the era of the Great Depression where she and her mother settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers.
Together, with Isaias as their mentor, students are given the opportunity to connect with and think critically about the story they are reading. As they learn about Esperanza’s plight to rise above her difficult circumstances, they make connections with the stories they have heard from friends and family who have worked as migrants in Guatemala and in the USA. They discuss hardship and hope, loss and renewal.
Once they complete Esperanza Rising, Isaias and his students are looking forward to delving into new novels purchased with funding from DAI including Wonder by RJ Palacio, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.
La Puerta Abierta expresses sincere gratitude to DAI who partners with our center to share the gift of reading with our community. Muchas gracias!