Friday, February 27, 2015

Learning about sharks & other recent activities at HB

Dr Mauricio Hoys, sharks specialist, came to give a talk about 
shark conservation to the kids at HB.  The kids learned about 
shark ecology and the importance of protecting them. 

After Dr, Hoys's talk, we had a shark sand sculpture contest at 
the beach. It was so much fun. 
We have certainly have some future biologists in our group!


Other activities happening at HB in the month of February:

Felix Velando, Spanish writer from the Akumal International Artist Residency, volunteered with us during the past month. He developed Writing-Workshops with the kids, they loved the time to be creative and express themselves.  They created poems, tongue-twister and several stories.

Rachel Kremidas, is an American artist from the Akumal International Artist Residency. She is working on a beautiful mural for the Library. She was inspired in the trees growing in front of the mural. We wanted to create a beautiful mural with-out harming the trees, and that’s how her magnificent idea was born:  Draw the trees shapes and filled them up with a creative color combination and shapes. Rachel also created an Art Workshop with the kids, to help them get inspired with one of her favorite things: shades and shapes. The kids draw their body shape in a piece of paper and filled them up with any using their creativity. The result:  funky drawings of themselves. This was such a fun activity, kids loved it!

We had a Pregnancy and Maternity talked given by specialist Andrea Gonzales. The workshop was focused to pregnant young girls from the community. The goal of the workshop was to guide them through the process and help them increase their knowledge about pregnancy and maternity. Another workshop was held on February 25th due to the demand, as it was a big success.

In February we started the English Classes for adults and kids!! Linda Novak , Debby Oakley and Chica McCabe are our English teachers. Lessons will be on Tuesday and Thursday every week.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Recycled Art at HB!

HB had a 3 day activity with the kids to apply the knowledge of the 3 R´s (Re-use, Reduce and Recycle). The kids helped collect “trash” inside the Library, and divided it depending on the material (plastic, aluminum, paper, glass and non recyclable). After everything was divided they selected several objects to create something new and useful out of it using their creativity. 

At the end they presented their creation to the rest of the kids and we had a small award ceremony. It was an amazing activity as many kids were very excited and created amazing things, as a car out of a plastic box, old CD´s, used card-board and plastic or a submarine made of a water container and old PVC tubes, etc.

Check out these photos of the kids' amazing creations (click on photos to see larger image)!

A drum & a race car!
A submarine made out of pvc and a plastic water bottle

Friday, January 23, 2015

Please help us welcome our new Director, Marietta!

Happy New Year HB friends & supporters! 

The library now has new leadership! 

Marietta is our new director, but she is not a new face around the library. Since last Summer, Marietta has been volunteering at HB and working with the kids on a regular basis. 

We wish her all the best as she starts in her new role at HB, and hope you will stop by to meet her and welcome her!

  (Library hours: 2-5:30 Monday-Friday, 
and 9-1 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.)

Here is a message she has written to tell everyone about herself:

 My name is Marietta MarroquĂ­n, I was born in Mexico City and raised in Guatemala.

Since I was a young girl I felt a strong passion for the ocean and as I grew older I studied Biology to help conserve our natural resources. Later on,  I worked in several marine conservation projects... But in the process I realized the urgent necessity of working on community development projects.

I believe that education, focusing on creativity and in nourishing the uniqueness of every being,  has the power to create positive changes in the world; and it's through passion, love and devotion that I will endeavour for this mission. I am grateful and honored to work as the Hekab-Be's Library Director and I'm deeply committed to help Akumal's community and its biodiversity.