|Excitement at El Huizachel|
|A large gathering at El Huizachel.|
|Pancho signing books|
|Drawings about chapters in the book.|
|the mamas providing lunch for all|
|The after school programs meet in SMA|
|Handing out bookmarks|
|"Team" Libros - Armida, Susanita and Daniela|
After leaving El Huizachel we headed back to San Miguel for another event at St. Paul's Church. Here we met with several after school programs which came by bus from their communities. Others were local to San Miguel. The program was similar - Pancho read his book, answered questions and again signed all the books. Each child also received a bookmark with information about Libros para Todos. Several of the children presented Pancho with special drawings that they made.
|Signing books at La Cuarilla|
|Showing their notebooks at La Cuadrilla|
|Authors of the last 3 years - display at Los Ricos|
|Walking across the bridge to Los Ricos|
|Listening intently at Los Ricos|
Saturday morning we had one large event of 200 people, mostly children from local schools as well as rural communities who were again bused into San Miguel. For these rural children, coming to San Miguel and to Bellas Artes, one of our most beautiful buildings, is a special treat. After the event when there was still time before their buses would pick them up, they were able to wander through the various art galleries. For many, this too was a first.
As we are now in the planning mode for the coming year I would like to THANK all our family and friends for the support for this project this year and the years past. I am proud to have started this and also proud of Daniela Franco who has taken the lead as the Director of this project and we are growing in many ways. Our team is larger and we have had some successful fundraising programs so that we will be starting the new year with a Writing Workshop for 20 children in February (they will write their own small books), a "Pop Up Library" that will be set up in one or more rural communities and plans for a "Spring" read with local authors. This is all in addition to our planning for another "Big Read" in November 2017. THANKS to all.