Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New library schedule, new library staff

The library has re-opened after our post-summer break.

We have new hours of operation:
9:30 am-1 pm and 2:30 -7:30 pm
9 am- 1pm
Closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday

Changes in library staffing

We are saying goodbye to Maggie McCown, who is leaving Hekab Be Biblioteca for personal reasons. Through her true belief in the library, her commitment to the local community and to promoting learning, she helped the library achieve goals well beyond its humble beginnings. Maggie has not only worked, but volunteered, so much of herself and her time, words do not suffice. Mil gracias, Maggie. We sincerely wish her the best in all her future endeavors.

We are pleased to introduce our new program director and librarian, Eleonora Bermudez Ferrer. Leo is from Mexico City and has lived in Quintana Roo for 10 years. During most of her time in Quintana Roo she has worked teaching children and helping to build community institutions that advance education. She has a degree in Early Education and is a certified Montessori instructor at both the preschool and primary school levels.

Leo worked for 6 years as a Montessori teacher in Cancun and later came to Akumal and worked for 3 years as the Director of the Otoch Paal Montessori Preschool. During her time at Otoch Paal, Leo helped achieve the school’s certification by the State Secretary of Education. She also participated in various municipal and private fundraising campaigns to bring much needed resources to the school and the community of Akumal.

In addition to her many qualifications, Leo brings to Hekab Be a profound enthusiasm for community work, involving not only children, but whole families in the process of education. Her philosophy is “Communities do not just happen, we build them day by day.”

A message from Leo to all library friends and supporters:

It is impossible to create a community without living it, and for this reason I am interested in working directly with the entire Akumal community, adults and children alike. Under my direction, Hekab Be will continue working to help preserve the Mayan roots and customs of Akumal’s community members, as well as to inspire them in reading and learning, though new classes and workshops.

Of course, the path to cultural integration and enrichment cannot be achieved by one person alone. Many people have worked on behalf of the library, and without their contributions it would not be possible to continue moving forward. During this new stage of Hekab Be’s growth and renovation, I hope we can count on your continuing support!

1 comment:

Sandra Jimenez said...

I´m very pleased to see that there are still people interested in preserving the rooths in a mexican community, and doing these programs that will benefit the people specially improve the education and give a wider horizon of opportunities to the children of Akumal. Well Done!!