DIRECTIONS — how to find the library:
You can drop off donations any time the library is open, Mon-Fri. 9-1, 2:30-6:30 and Saturday 9-1. The library is located in Akumal Playa on the same road that leads to the tourist areas of Akumal Bay, Hal Moon Bay and Yalkul Lagoon. Go south from Playa del Carmen about 20-30 minutes. Turn left at the sign that says “Akumal Playa.” In 2-3 minutes, on the left side, there is a big blue sign that says Hekab Be Bilioteca. That’s it! If you get to the little super Chomak store or the arch, you went too far.
THE “WISH LIST”
Please do NOT ship supplies. The tax to the recipient can be greater than the cost of the items. There is NO problem bringing supplies down in your suitcase. Better yet, bring a whole suitcase with these goodies. Many visitors bring books, toys and school supplies, with no customs or tax problems.
Money is the greatest need, but supplies and reading incentives are needed also.
Reading incentive prizes for the kids:
Little toys: matchbox cars, little figures like dinosaurs, monsters, super-heroes and dolls, legos, whistles, fast food happy meal prizes, etc.
Stickers – they love these!
Little stuffed animals
Lead for mechanical pencils
Notebooks of all kinds
Inexpensive beach toys and inflatable rafts (bring them for your kids, and then donate them to the local kids)
Balls of all types
Inexpensive plastic watches
Geometry sets with a compass and protractor
Calculators, very inexpensive ones that run on solar cells
Individual pencil sharpeners
Paints and brushes for art projects (all types but tempra the best)
Scotch tape, masking tape, duct tape
Please NO broken toys, NO big toys (no room in crowded houses), and NO toys that need batteries (no money to replace batteries)
The library also could use:
Guides to fish, birds, animals, and plants of the region (Spanish preferred)
Easy – to – read magazines in Spanish
Basic info in Spanish on public health issues (sometimes free for medical folks)
Children’s books in Spanish(used books ok, please NO English books): If the Akumal library has extras of the books you donate, they will go to other little libraries. Your donations help spread the reading revolution in this region.
Panasonic Fax Toner PFQT1538ZA
Printer cartridges for Lexmark printer 840C
Transparent contact paper
Colored tissue paper (for craft projects)
Lined notebook paper
Markers – Ezerace and regular
Paints and paintbrushes for art projects
Balls – any kind, but especially basketball and soccer
Gently used clothing (modest spring/summer clothing) will be recycled many times. The library gives clothing to the poorest families and sells the rest for a minimal cost of 3 or 4 pesos each. This helps the locals, and provides a small income for the library.
I know that this list seems long, but if we don’t bring it, they don’t have it. It is just as simple as that. The library’s friends have made a tremendous difference in just the last three years. The improvements are simply amazing.