Libros for Learning

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

Libros for Learning is a 501c3 tax deductible organization dedicated to building children's libraries in the Cabo Corrientes area of Mexico, just south of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

Schools in rural Mexico work hard to deliver quality education, but struggle against some built-in challenges.

A typical rural school consists of a single room building filled with over 30 children ages 5-15 and a single teacher.

These schools lack many basic resources for their students, including pencils and paper, crayons and notebooks. Most importantly they lack books!
    
Our mission is to build as many libraries as we can to the rural children of Mexico.

A typical library we assemble consists of 200 - 300 books varying in reading level and subject. The books are engaging and educational as well as some storybooks with illustrations for the younger readers.

Each library costs approximately $1,000 to purchase, package and deliver to its school. We work with the local educational administration as well as with other service organizations and NGO’s in the area.

Educators agree that a sound education is rooted in the availability of books. Children are created equal, but not all are provided the same resources. These children in rural Mexico can succeed in their current situation if they are provided access to knowledge.

Dr. Glenn Baron is a fifth grade teacher at Kensington Elementary in Waxhaw, N.C. and is our organizer for "Libros for Learning."

In our first years of existence we have bought and delivered more than two dozen libraries and look forward to providing many dozens more.

What Are the Facts?

• Mexico is a 95% literate society, but for most students, the literacy level stops at about 5th grade.

• Two-thirds of Mexican families have no books in the home.

• Children who read at home become better readers AND better at math.

• Success as a reader correlates closely with the number of books available to a student.

What does Libros for Learning do?

We deliver classroom libraries of 200 to 300 books to rural schools. The books are high interest books matched to the reading levels of the students.

A catalogue/check out system allows students to take books home to read.

How You Can Help Libros for Learning

Click the button above to make a donation to the Libros for Learning PayPal account.

Have a Library Named After You

Make a tax-deductible donation and have a library named after you or a loved one!  

Teachers! Think about a service project

Classes from first grade through high school have learned about schools in Mexico and have helped out through donations of books and funds. "Club Leo" at Scholastic Books is an easy way to buy Spanish-language children's books. We can send a Powerpoint to help you make an educational presentation to your students.

Send Your Donations to:

Libros for Learning
7614 Sims Rd.
Waxhaw, N.C. 28173
 
Or donate directly through PayPal above.
 
Call us for more information: (704) 562-4596

Last updated: August 18, 2017 · Charity ID: 610

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20Dec2012
Photo Journey of Libros for Learning Vallarta Visit

Libros for Learning

The reason this project started is because of the meager libraries available to the kids in the rural schools in Cabo Corrientes, just south of Puerto Vallarta. Read about our success stories from our recent visit.

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