Sponsor a Librarian: The Asturias Librarian Stipend Fund

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Final group picture at AsturiasHasta luego y ¡Viajes buenos!Dividing up the teamsLibrary class for grade 1

Give the Gift of Literacy and Learning

Bring a Librarian to the Asturias Academy in Guatemala

100% of proceeds go to the Asturias Librarian Stipend Fund

$15 pays the Librarian’s salary for a day

$30 pays the Librarian’s salary for two days

$75 pays the Librarian’s salary for a week

$300 pays the Librarian’s salary for a month

Being able to borrow books from my school was something neither my parents or me had ever heard of, but it’s so great. My friends and I started a reading club, to help everyone pick out books.
– Alejandra , 4th grade student at the Asturias Academy

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Total fundraising goal: $3300.00 USD
Fundraising cut off date: May 1, 2012

More About the Asturias Librarian Stipend Project

Librarians Without Borders (LWB) is establishing the Asturias Librarian Stipend Fund: a financial resource that will help to bring a Librarian to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy Library in Xela, Guatemala.

The Asturias Academy is committed to providing long term library support to staff and students within the school. This marks the first time Asturias will bring in a trained Librarian on a long term basis, providing a new opportunity to offer services, programs, and to train teachers, community members and students on library operations. This will greatly assist Asturias with achieving their mission and goals of building a sustainable community library in Xela.

LWB has partnered with the Asturias Academy since 2009 to support the Academy’s vision to build a Library in the school. This vision was realized in January 2011, when the Library finally opened its doors. In the next phase of the project LWB is committed to supporting the long term success of the library by financially supporting the implementation of a full-time librarian at the school. With our financial support, Asturias will be able to fill the Librarian position for the upcoming school year, ensuring that the Library can remain open to students and staff throughout the year.

By delivering library programming, curriculum support and library training sessions, Asturias hopes to foster strong literacy skills and a love of reading among its students, their families and patrons of the community. By combining this with a unique curriculum and pedagogy, it is able to create informed, critically thinking, socially conscious citizens that ultimately emerge as empowered and engaged leaders in their communities.


Most Guatemalans are restricted from getting a quality education, in part due to a severe lack of access to books and literacy materials. In a country where books are taxed beyond the reach of the 75% of the population who live in poverty, it is almost impossible to get low-income children excited about reading because they cannot get actual books in their hands. This year, Guatemalan public schools were only able to supply math books to 6th graders, leaving all other students without books to study.

Potential Long Term Impact

The Asturias Library will allow Asturias students, their families, and the communities access to books and internet resources, allowing the community, most of whom live off less than $3 a day, to lift themselves out of poverty and pursue higher education. Access to a library can cause a ripple effect in the community by fostering a life long love of reading and increase in literacy among the next generation of Guatemalans.

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