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New Library for Nicoya

By Oliver Pérez
Photos by Samatha PolLock

In 2012, the city of Nicoya is set to have a brand new public library fully equipped with wireless internet access and an extensive, bilingual selection of books. Spaces for children, youth, adults who seek quiet, a multi-purpose hall and a space for workshops and meetings are included in the design.

Funded by the Directorate of National System of Public Libraries(Sinabi) the work is expected to cost ¢ 180 million ($360.000). The new library will be built next to the Leonidas Briceno school on a lot donated by Nicoya's Highschool.

The Felipe Diaz Vidaure Association Pro Public library of Nicoya, has been at the forefront of the fight for the new public library. According to Yamile Orozco Raffo, president of the Association, the new library will be named in honor of Diaz; The Felipe Diaz Viaure Public Municipal Library of Nicoya will be the official name.

Architects Minor Mora Orozco, Carlos Alberto Díaz García and Pablo Enrique Fonseca Zúñiga provided the construction plans for the project free of charge. The design plans include an auditorium, souvenir shop, hall of Nicoyan heroes, underground public parking garage and a tourist information office.

Construction is expected to begin in March of 2012. The structure will have an area of 400 square meters. "One of the major goals with the construction of the building is to combat drugs in the canton," said Orozco. "We are going to work so the library will become an attractive place and that many people come to read books or use other services that will be provided."

 

   
 
   
 

The new library will be drastically different than the current library, which has struggled in recent years. For many years the shelves of current library have been stocked with books donated by the neighbor.

It was in 2009 when 2,000 books had to be thrown away after termite damage that it was evident a change was needed.

"Now we have 10 computers connected to the internet, and people can use them for free. Each month we are planning to hold computer courses for children and adults," said Grettel Delgado, the library's coordinator.

Delgado, told VON that in the coming days people should keep an eye out for a basket of free books. The library is giving away books that will never be shelved because of defects or missing pages. School children may still find them useful for information and pictures.

 

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