“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Lucy has become pretty adept at identifying letters lately. It takes us twice as long to read a book because she likes to point out each of the letters that she recognizes. She’s nailed “L” and “T” so that she can quickly find “Lucy’s and Teddy’s” letters,” but she’s also got a good handle on “A, C, D, F, G, I, J, M, O, S, U. It’s pretty amazing to watch these early stages of reading, though it can make bedtime last twice as long! As a lover of reading myself, I find great joy in listening to Lucy “read” to her dolls and friends. And it’s even more wonderful to see the pride emanate from deep inside when she shares her own love of reading with us.
So, a visit to the library seemed liked an obvious choice for a Lucy Tuesday. Plus, it’s indoors and when you get started as late as 10 a.m., you want to be anywhere but outside!
“The San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Móvil was established in November 2001 on the patio of Hotel Villa Isabella, by owner Jane Mirandette. In January 2002, the library moved down the street to its own building, four local employees were hired, and the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Móvil became the first stationary public lending library in Nicaragua. The San Juan del Sur Biblioteca’s Mobile Project began in May, 2003. Three times a week, library staff and volunteers load bins of books onto a pickup truck and venture into the countryside surrounding San Juan del Sur. At each site, library patrons are able to browse and exchange books, and other educational and recreational activities are frequently provided for children. By June 2008, the mobile project is bringing more than 5,000 books to 32 remote farming communities, and it had issued more than 3800 library cards to children, their teachers, parents and other residents.” – from the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Movil website.
The library houses over 12,000 books, primarily in Spanish. Patrons can borrow and return library materials, and children can browse through bins of attractive, brightly-colored books. Though we had visited in the past, this was an exciting trip for Lucy because after choosing a few books to bring home, Lucy received her first library card!
We were particularly happy to find a number of bilingual books for Lucy to share with Gloria. The library also has a small collection of toys, as well as tables covered in craft paper and crayons, inviting kids to draw.
After our stop at the library, we popped across the street to check out the new playground equipment that was recently installed. Purple-obsessed, Lucy made a beeline for the violet seahorse, but quickly discovered that without shade from the trees, the plastic was just too hot. So, she migrated to the climbing equipment and there met two new friends, Yennifer and Isabel.
Eventually, we both got hot and hungry and so we made our way to one of Lucy’s favorite snack stops, El Gato Negro for a cinnamon bun and some fresh juice for mom. And because we were jut next door to Daddy’s office, we decided to stop in for a quick visit and to share our snacks…