|Photo from PCV Sara Cooper, Starobelsk, UA|
As I wrote in my last blog, we started in the fall of 2009, creating the library's first English club and English-language book collection, and step by step applied to Bibliomist for the computers. Anyone who's applied for grants from large foundations knows this is a challenging process. Peace Corps Volunteers who came after me, Amy and Sara, moved the project along. Amy said it took about 5 attempts. I am so proud that the Library, director Iryna Andreenov, and friends of the library kept at it.
Now almost 4 years later, the Starobelsk Public Library has computers and online access to a whole new world of knowledge, communications and connections. . It has WiFi; it's wired! "It shows we can work together and make good things happen. Never give up!" The audience cheered.
What a a huge difference this achievement will make to the library and the entire community it serves. Natalia Dohadailo, my dear friend, English teacher and interpreter, said that already more people are using the Library and the computers are very popular. Peace Corps makes a difference. A library computerized. A community empowered! .
|Lugansk oblast, far-eastern UA|
|The "rayon" area of small towns and rural villages|
around Starobelsk in far-eastern Ukraine
(Lugansk oblast) served by the Starobelsk Biblioteca.
|Ukraine in white, Eastern Europe, |
on Russain border