We have heard politicians use them and we’ve seen them very often on social media but no matter how cliché they are, there is much truth to quotes like “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”, “reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”, or “reading is dreaming with eyes open”. And on Saturday, children proved this all to be true as they were part of a very short ceremony in which the library received a donation of much need books.
Dalila Ical– Reporting
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies; the man who never reads lives only once”, goes a quote and from the look on the faces of these eager young ones, there must be much truth to this.
It was quite a sight to behold at the Sandy Hunter Library’s front lawn as they dug into a pile of new books donated by Belizeans living in the USA. Representative of the Play Big Foundation in Orange Walk Fernando Sanchez says the donation came about from prior communication with the library officials who expressed a need to expand the resources at the library.
“We had Belizeans from Red bank New Jersey, Maple Florida, Dallas Texas in Houston and we had a book drive in Dallas and they came together, they send their books and they also send two computers and they ship it to Belize courtesy of Belize Freight and hence today the Play Big Foundation making the official handing over to the Sandy Hunter Library.”
Books for all ages were scattered under the tent and it seemed that for these children there was nothing more important than browsing through them. Belizario Carballo, member of the Library Committee was on hand to receive the donation.
“It’s a very significant donation to the library and I believe that the children will surely enjoy it and in fact we can see that they are enjoying it right now and they have very good collection of books and feel very grateful to Fernando Jr. and his friends from Dallas who have made this possible and am sure it will go a long way in helping the children to learn to read.”
“We’d like to thank those Belizeans living abroad and the also God for giving us the strength and the ideas for us to better empower our Belizean Youths.”
These young children and hundreds more who use the Sandy Hunter Library’s resources will be surely be introduced to more new worlds and adventures. And it couldn’t have been a more fitting day for the donation as on the same day the Library was hosting its “Mek we read Belize” program in which children are encouraged to read using the books by author Dr. Seuss.
And like he said, “You are never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child”.
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