Librarians Without Borders Back on the Ground in Guatemala: Asturias Library Project

Librarians Without Borders (LWB) volunteers from Canada and the United States are currently on the ground at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala from May 3-13, 2012. LWB is collaborating with the Academy on the development of its emerging library which supports an innovative curriculum inspired by the philosophy of Paulo Freire.

LWB has partnered with the Asturias Academy since 2009 to support the Academy’s vision of building a sustainable community library in the school. This vision began to be realized in January 2011 with the help of LWB when the Library finally opened its door. But there remains a great deal to be done: this year LWB continues to work with the Academy to help cultivate the reading culture and increase book use and literacy within the school and community. Read about some of their projects.

For the duration of the trip (May 3-13), you can support LWB’s work by purchasing an eBook app from Auryn Inc (, a digital publisher that creates award-winning interactive children’s stories for mobile devices. Auryn is donating $1 of each app sold to support the work of LWB.

Auryn collaborates with well-known authors, illustrators and publishers to turn their stories into educational, engaging and entertaining experiences. They have received significant recognition for their work in the emerging mobile app book space, which includes Teddy’s Day, Van Gogh and the Sunflowers, The Little Mermaid, Bunny Fun: Head Shoulder’s Knees and Toes by Rosemary Wells, and more. Click on these links to reach the iTunes store to support LWB!

Visit the LWB project blog to follow the group’s experiences during their time in Guatemala.

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