Once again the David Kitson Library is offering computer classes at the beginner level. The classes are held Thursday afternoons from 4 to 8 p.m. and will run until July. Casiana Vanoli is the enthusiastic teacher. Her six students are making progress and are eager to become computer literate. There is room for more students at the present time. There is a small charge to cover the cost of the teacher of 3,000 colones (about $6) per month per student. If anyone is interested, contact the library.
The very young children’s program, “Soy Bebe y Me Gusta Leer” (I am a baby, and I like to read), has been rescheduled to Tuesdays. Children from ages 3 to 5 will meet at 10 a.m. and the babies from 2 to 3 years will meet with their mothers at 11 a.m. There are a variety of activities for the children based on the story read by Marjorie Alvarez, the group leader.
Simona Cuentacuentos (the storyteller) who conducted a course last year in reading out loud that was taken by our librarians as well as the high school librarian and a teacher from Serapio Lopez Fajardo School. All teachers could benefit from this course as Simona is truly inspiring and provides her adult students with the tools to be great story readers. Children learn a great deal by being read to, and there are techniques that can make a person a better reader. This May, Simona will give another series of classes entitled “Dramatizations and Animated Readings on Cultures, Environments and Landscapes.”
From time to time, students from the high school organize themselves in study groups called “centros” with a special teacher who may be a qualified teacher or a gifted student who is willing to share his/her knowledge. At the moment there are two study groups meeting at the library, one in mathematics and one in chemistry; both are being led by a student, Diana Lopez Cordoba. We applaud their efforts and are glad that the library can serve as a center for this activity.
The “Day of the Book” was April 23, celebrated with the Santa Marta Readers’ Club that day with Marjorie Alvarez. The Readers’ Clubs of Santa Teresita and Serapio Lopez Fajardo schools will celebrate it on June 19. For more information on any of these activities, please call the library at 2682-0211.