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The New Hope Library celebrates its second anniversary in October 2011. We currently have four educated, energetic librarians, and are open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We average 50 to 60 daily visitors during the school year, and upwards of 100 during the summer.
In the past two years, we have seen a tremendous community response to the library and its programs. For the first time, it seems that reading is becoming a priority for the families we serve.
A young library visitor named Ana Sofia loves the library so much that her mother, Yadira, says that unless she goes to school every day, she cannot go to the library; Ana Sofia has not missed a single day of class to date.
Another child, 8-year-old Naydelin, could barely read a sentence a year ago when she first entered the library. Now, Naydelin eagerly and confidently reads aloud to her friends and actively participates in workshops. In November 2009, we had 65 patrons; in August 2010 that number had grown to 665, and in July 2011 we had over 1,200- and more new faces enter the library each day.
Though children are currently our main patrons, we have resources for all ages. We are working to encourage the adults to visit the library--even if it's just to read to their child. There is nothing more precious than a mother and her child on the couch reading together.
The New Hope Library provides workshops for all ages, homework help, ESL classes, computer classes, and a safe haven for community members to escape into their imagination through the world of literature.
In October 2010, Dianne Davis' Tour de Lectura bike ride from Birmingham, Alabama to Piedras Negras helped raise support for this much needed project.