The SJDS library in town is a warm inviting spot that serves multiple purposes for its community.
There are over 12,000 books, primarily in Spanish. Patrons can borrow and return library materials, and children can browse through bins of attractive, brightly-colored books. Near the children’s section, there are books for women, including recipes, health, self help and craft books. The walls of the library are lined with a wide selection of other books — everything from current fiction and classics to poetry, religion, and computers. The library supports local schools by providing materials needed for the curriculum.
Members of the San Juan community borrow an average of 600-800 books a month. They also use the facility in many other ways. The library has a well-lit multipurpose room containing tables, chairs and whiteboards. Various types of classes are held here — recent classes include English, public health and crafts. Children and young adults gather daily to create crafts, play games, do homework and study. The walls are lined with crafts completed by the library’s young patrons.
The SJDS Biblioteca represents a new direction for Nicaraguan libraries. There are few such facilities that lend books. Even the most affluent schools do not provide craft materials. Public buildings rarely have quiet, well-lit areas open to all for reading, writing and enjoying the pursuit of information.
The SJDS Main Library is a free public library, open to all. Its hours are:
Monday through Thursday 8 AM – 6 PM
Friday 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM
The Library is located across the street from the church and Central Park.