As we all sat down in front of the main stage area with the kids, Jane started speaking to the kids about the mobile library project and the entertainment that was about to take place in front of us all. She thanked the whole school for being a part of this very special event and as she ended, two large pieces of painted wood were brought out.
A very animated man in a black and white striped shirt came out and started telling the kids in the crowd the beginning of a story with various hand motions. The kids were so excited. They were hanging on to every word the man said–laughing, smiling and squirming through all of the emotions he acted out.
Suddenly, as he walked behind the painted scenes, the rest of the cast came out. Their faces were painted and they had outfits that made them look like they belonged in a circus. They were so entertaining as they acted out a short play involving a book and lots of imagination.
When they were finished with their play, the actors began handing out books to kids and the whole crowd was going nuts for it. I love seeing how excited kids get over books.
After the big play was over, we began to hang up the kids paintings & drawings they had made that day. It was great to see all their individual work hung up on the wall.
It was recess time and the event was coming to an end. We started packing up some of the things in boxes, said our goodbyes to the adorable kids and snapped a quick photo of the whole team to remember this very fun and special day.
We headed back into the Bibliobús and drove back down the long dirt road waving to all of our new little friends who were walking back home with their families.
As we got back into town, we exchanged hugs, emails and numbers with everyone we had met that day. We loved what Jane and her team was doing for these kids out here in the rural, and unfortunately often overlooked, schools of Estelí.
We wanted to continue working with them and see what we could do to help these schools who needed it the most—Jane had a very big heart and a huge passion for helping these children. We instantly became friends.
It was a wonderful event for the kids, for Jane and her team, for the school faculty and for us. We had been apart of a mobile library project in San Juan del Sur that had been doing their fantastic project of years and seeing a brand new one during its very first trip was very special.
Although it was a young program, the impact that they made on the kids was the same. It always is—that’s why we’re doing what we do here in Central America. It’s a beautiful moment to see a young child’s imagination open up and run wild by simply opening up a book or even a notebook. It’s a moment that constantly inspires us and motivates us to give this experience to as many kids as we can.
The Bibliobús gives this experience to kids every time that old American bus pulls up to the gates of school down the bumpy dirt road. To the kids, that bus represents hope, excitement, imagination and growth—and that, my friends, is what it’s really all about.