About his work at the MCL, Michael González says “I was a work-study volunteer in the months of May and July 2016 while I was studying at the MBTI Business Training Institute.” Since then he has continued helping in many ways at the front desk. When he is not helping our clients to use computers and look for information, which is what he likes most, he enters books in the library software.
Hi, my name is Felipe Sepúlveda, and I started working at the BJM in March 2016. My area of specialization is computers, however I consider myself a fan of reading. So working in a library and sharing my knowledge of computers is a great job for me that makes me feel like I am at home all the time. I work to provide assistance to the public at the front desk and in the computer center. It is a pleasure to bring the best of me to serve the community.
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Carmen Morales is our active volunteer with the longest service to the library. She helps children develop reading skills and keeps books organized on shelves. Thank you Carmen for your almost 10 years of faithful service.
Alma R. Rivera is retired from the Department of Family Services. As a volunteer at the BJM, Alma spends four to six hours a day to help children and youth with their homework.
Carlos Toro is a great man to have around when it comes to cleaning and reorganizing space. It is not only that he is strong, but he has great knowledge of planning and logistics from his years in the army. We have asked for help on countless occasions, and he is always ready and willing to work.
Yahaira López Pagán received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from CEM College. She recently passed the revalidation exam and hopes to work to improve the health of people in Puerto Rico. She started bringing her children to the BJM on Saturdays for story hours. She continued to visit the BJM because one of her daughters participated in the tutoring program offered at the library. After Hurricane Maria she helped many people process their FEMA applications. In January she joined the Board of the BJM, and she is now our secretary.
Joel A. Rivera López started working at BJM, doing volunteer work to meet his graduation requirement for community service at Elpidio H. Rivera School. Before that, he came to the library with his family every Saturday for story hours. Today he is an important part of the volunteer staff of the library, working with computers in several ways, including the entry of books in the electronic catalog; He is also training to work at the front desk and help the people who visit us.
Frances G. Aponte studied at the School of Plastic Arts and Design of Puerto Rico, in Old San Juan. After graduating, she worked in different art design agencies. She also obtained certificates in computers, web design development and fiber optics. She worked for the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture as an Art Teacher and in art workshops in several cities of the island. She was a volunteer team leader with Americorps*VISTA and worked on several mural projects for communities with special needs. As a VISTA member, she was a teacher in the federal program for children with special needs called “Weed and Seed” in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Different groups of students provide activities for children on Saturday mornings. In the photo above we see members of the Department of English Student Association (EDSA) of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez who planned and performed a “Dr. Seuss day” for children.
Graduates from the De Hostos high school, Génesis Marero and Jerry García, met their community service requirement at the BJM. Here we see them them checking that books are correctly listed in our electronic catalog.
We apreciate all of our staff members!
A special thanks to our volunteers.
Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.