January 6, 2006

Current wishes

Please help with donations in dollars (or pesos) if you can!! We are still hurting to get things back in order in the aftermath of hurricane Wilma, including no electricity. But the good news is that the electricity should be restored TODAY!!!! This will be the first time since July and we are all VERY happy about this.

If you are visiting near Akumal, just stop by and give your donation in pesos, U.S. dollars, or a U.S. check made out to Hekab Be Biblioteca.

If you are not going down soon, you can mail a U.S. check made out to "Hekab Be Biblioteca" to me, a library friend in Arizona.

Alice Gartell
906 W. 14th St.
Tempe, Az 85281

I will make sure that your checks are used directly by the library to help our amigos in Akumal.

The library also always needs


Students in the public primary school must provide their own school supplies. For some families, this is no problem, but for others it is a great hardship. Children can earn all or almost all of their school supplies when ou donate them and the children "buy" them with points earned by reading and other educational activities. The required school supplies are:

notebooks (preferably wire bound and 100 lined pages)
pens (blue or black)
colored pencils
scissors (both child's scissors for the little guys and adult scissors for older children)
highlighters (yellow)
pocket folders
Spanish academic dictionary (for the older children)


The children also "buy" little trinkets with their points earned by reading and writing activities. They especially like:
hair barrettes and ornaments
balls (any kind, but especially soccer balls plus an air pump if possible)
matchbox cars
little super heros
toys that come with fast food meals
coloring books
little animals, especially dinosaurs
bean bag type toys
beach toys, balls, goggles, etc. ,
any simple games that don't require English, such as dominos, jenga, or a memory game
jump ropes
baby dolls (dark hair preferred)
markers (ezerace for the library and regular for the kids)

Please do NOT bring toys that are broken, that need batteries (no money to replace them) and no toys or games that require English.

Library Supplies

The library can always use all kinds of supplies for the children's activities. Remember, the library buys NOTHING. If you don't bring it, they don't have it. The library can always use:

markers (ezerace and regular)
paintbrushes (watercolor)
paints (tempra preferred)
any kind of paper, (especially construction paper for crafts)
tape (transparent. masking and duct tape)

Gently used kids clothing, (hand me downs from your own children)-- we did really well on our last clothing bazaar and plan to continue doing them on a bi-monthly basis.
Please nothing with batteries, nothing broken, and nothing that requires English to use.

Please do not bring down children's books in English, give them to a charity in the states. A few tourist and expat children read them, but more really are not needed, we are currently bursting out of our space!! in time, if we can expand our space we could operate a separate collection room with English books, but for now that's just daydreaming!

If you have questions, you can e-mail Alice at: gartell@aol.com or Maggie at: Maggiemk@aol.com.

Muchas gracias.

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