Saturday, June 16, 2012

Back in Quito

The students are amazing and we have had a fantastic trip. The trip to visit Delia Ibarra school was incredible. Though there was a language barrier the students worked through this with art, song and soccer. We are back in Quito now and will visit Cotopaxi National Park tomorrow.

Monday, June 11, 2012


We are here in Quito! We will try to post some photos tomorrow. We are all really tired. The kids did a fantastic job traveling today.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Going to Galapagos!!

We are busy making final preparations for our trip. The books that were donated  have arrived in Ecuador. We have ordered all of the necessary supplies to set the library up using a manual check out system. We will leave for the Galapagos Islands on June 11!!! Please watch our blog and journey with us to Ecuador.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Our Story

In November 2010 a Greene County, VA school librarian traveled to Ecuador thanks to the Toyota International Teacher Program. While visiting Delia Ibarra Elementary School on Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, she saw that the school needed a library and came up with a plan to help. The Books Below the Equator, ¡Leamos! Project was organized to meet this need. We are a group of teachers, students and Toyota International Teacher Program Alumni dedicated to creating a  library for the school children at Delia Ibarra. 

We have two goals for the Books Below the Equator, ¡Leamos! Project. First, we want to raise enough money for the books and materials to create the small library at Delia Ibarra Elementary School. Second, we want to raise the funds for a group of our students to travel to the Galapagos Islands on a service trip during the summer of 2012. We are coordinating our efforts in Ecuador with Galapagos ICE, an international charity dedicated to improving education and healthcare for residents of the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos ICE actively involves the Galapagos community in efforts to preserve the natural wonders of the islands.

Over the coming year, we are organizing fund raising events in support of this great cause.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

We are Reaching Out! Please Consider Joining Us.

Upcoming Events
  • Sat. March 3rd - Barnes and Noble Bookfair! Barrack's Road
  • Sat. March 10th - Lunch or Dinner @ The Standard Reservations Required (434) 466-6079
  • Sat. March 17th Greene County Art Festival     
  • Wed. April 4th - Golf Tournament Greene Hills Club
  • Wed. April 11th McDonalds Night
  • Sat. April 28th 2nd Annual Bookin' it for Books 5K
  • Look for us at the C'ville City Market!
We will also be selling lilies for spring!