School Starts Tomorrow / by Alan Strathman

School starts tomorrow!  Finally.  I have been here 3 months and today is officially the last day of training.  So glad to be starting to do what I came here to do.

This past week was school prep.  I was at school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  And Wednesday was a productive day.  Most volunteers work to improve their school library.  That is, most primary school libraries here are either a) in a space not suitable for a library (closet, storage room), b) woefully lacking in appropriate books, or c) in need of better space AND more books.

When I saw my library on Wednesday you could tell that it was supposed to be a library, but was so filled with boxes and trash and a computer table that belongs elsewhere, that the library would not really be useable.  See what I mean...

Note also that in addition to all the stuff blocking access to the books, many of the shelves have termites. This is how you can tell.

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After hours of hard work, with much lifting and toting by several people, this is what the library looked like by the end of the day:

Now that's looking like a library.  You can see my desk on the right side. I will start next week to examine the books and see what we have and what we need. It was a successful day and a nice way to start my time at the school.