Library of Dreams

$2,710 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 21 months

The Libray of Dreams, a library that opened in November of 2016 in San Jacinto El Salvador to promote reading and writing for children living under means and in vulnerable areas.

 Our children in El Salvador love to read, paint and sing. At The Library of Dreams we do this and much more. Soon we will start planting vegetables, and finishing the murals we have already started. This is a beautiful project that needs strengthening and growth in order to continue to provide our children with these services, which they need so much and help them grow healthy and positive minds. To continue with these services I need your support. I have begun the process of converting The Library of Dreams into a non-profit organization. This is a process that will  take one or two years. As we wait for non-profit status, The Library of Dreams wishes to continue supporting our children - for this reason I have created this campaign.

Could you please help me?

-We need to provide more materials including children's books (spanish and/or bilingual), acrylic paints, paper, crayons and chairs and tables.

-The small bus that transports the children to the library costs $40

-Snacks for 40 children cost $25

-The salary of a librarian is $25 per day

-A visiting Author/Poet/Storyteller's honorarium for presentations is $ 20

- library maintenance, cleaning, trash bags, detergent, etc. weekly expense is $ 15

Please consider making a donation in any amount.
For a donation of a $100 or more, you will recieve a signed copy of my most recent book, We Are Like the Clouds. This book recently received the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Article from NBC News:

Compassion. It's something our country needs more of. Lucky for us, there are people like poet and children's author Jorge Tetl Argueta who seem to have an abundance of it to go around.

This week Argueta filled his luggage with books and flew to his hometown of San Salvador, El Salvador, for the 7th Annual Manyula International Children's Poetry Festival. As one of the main founders, he helps organize the poets and authors who give presentations to the school children participating in the literacy-boosting activities taking place at the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library).

But this year's event is extra special because Argueta will be officially opening the Library of Dreams (La Biblioteca de los Sueños), a place where children can dream, strengthen their spirits, and learn about their culture in a multilingual environment.

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Dear friends, I am happy to announce that I have been selected one of this years Library Laureates of the San Francisco Public Library. Here is a short story about The Library of Dreams that wrote for the upcoming Library Laureates event that I would like to share with you:
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We are also collecting new and gently used spanish and bilingual (spanish/english) books. Thank youChelis Lopez for donating this beautiful bilingual version of The Little Prince. The children are going to enjoy this magical story.
Book donations can be dropped off at Luna's Bookstore
3790 Mission St. San Francisco (cross st. Richland)
Weekends from 11 am to 3pm

Thanks everyone!
Thank you Chelis for this wonderful book
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Children's from San Jacinto neighborhood enjoying reading at the Library of Dreams, , El Salvador.
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$2,710 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 21 months
Created February 22, 2017
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Congratulations to you, Jorge, for receiving the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Award, for your artistry of poetry and of storytelling, and for your inspiration. May the Library of Dreams inspire a thousand generations of children!

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