We have new volunteers at the MCL!

Adelissa Gonzalez

Adaliz N. Cruz

Adaliz N. Cruz just finished her bachelors in Applied Music, combined with a Minor in Music Education from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. She aspires to pursue graduate studies in Library Science and has joined the MCL staff in order to learn more about the field. In the past, she has volunteered at the Bella Vista Adventist Academy Library in Mayagüez and has worked in the Art Library of the Benjamin S Rosenthal Library in Queens College, New York. As part of her work in MCL, Adaliz helped to catalog the Coretta Scott King Collection.


Leonardo Colón

Leonardo Colón is finishing a BA in Liberal Studies at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He aspires to pursue a master’s degree in librarianship. His interests include art, entrepreneurship and healthy lifestyles. He believes that free access to information has the power to change and transform lives.  In December 2017 he began working at the Mayagüez Children’s Library as a volunteer.

Adelissa Gonzalez

Yahaira López

Yahaira López Pagán received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from CEM College. She recently passed the licensing exam and looks forward to working and improving the health of people in Puerto Rico. She started bringing her children to the MCL on Saturdays for story hours. She kept coming because one of her daughters participated in the tutorial program offered at the library, and after Hurricane María she helped many people process their applications for FEMA Aid. In January she joined the Board of the MCL and is now our secretary.


Joel Rivera

Joel A. Rivera Lopez started working at the MCL doing volunteer work to fulfill his graduation requirement for community service at the 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 library’s volunteer staff, working with computers in various ways including entering books in the electronic catalogue; he is also trained to work the front desk and help people who visit us.

Frances Aponte

Frances G. Aponte studied at the La Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico, in Old San Juan. After graduation she worked in different art design agencies. She has also earned certificates in computers, web design developer and fiber optics. She worked for the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico as an Art Teacher and in art workshops in various towns around the island. She was a Volunteer Team Leader with Americorps*VISTA and worked on various 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.

MCL Staff

About his work at the MCL/BJM, Michael González says” I was a work-study volunteer from May to July, 2016 while I studied at MBTI Business Training Institute. Since then he has continued to help in many ways at the front desk. When he is not helping our patrons to use computers and find information, which is what he enjoys most, he enters books in the library software.

Hi, my name is Felipe Sepulveda, and I started to work at the BJM in March of 2016. My area of expertise is computers, however I consider myself a reading fanatic so sharing my experience with computers in a library setting makes me feel as if I were in my home all the time. I work at the library providing assistance to the public both at the front desk and in the computer center; it’s a pleasure to give the best of myself and serve the community.


The Mayagüez Children’s Library functions because of the contributions of our volunteers.

Our volunteers are a diverse and dedicated group. Everyone who  believes in and uses this library offers them our sincere thanks for their individual contributions. The Administration would not be able to run the library without them.

Go to Get Involved for details on the kinds of work volunteers do. If you would like to volunteer, Contact Us for an appointment for an interview. 

Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.
                                                                                                                     ~Robert Orben

Carmen Morales is our longest-serving active volunteer. She helps children develop reading skills and keeps books organized on the 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 MCL she dedicates four to six hours a day helping children and young people with their school assignments.

Carlos Toro is a great man to have around when it comes to clearing and reorganizing space. It’s not just that he is strong, but he has lots of knowledge of planning and logistics from his years in the military. We’ve asked him to help in a lot of other ways, and he’s always ready and willing. 

Different student groups provide Saturday morning programs for children. Pictured above are members of the English Department Student Association (EDSA) at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez who sponsored a Dr. Seuss Day.

De Hostos High School Seniors, Genesis Marero and Jerry García, are fulfilling their graduation community service requirement at the MCL. Here they are working on a review of all our books for early readers to be sure they are correctly listed in the library cataloging software.