Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January. Her journey, though, is far from over.
“Just keep going.”
I mutter these words to myself every second of the day. I understand with the buildup of momentum comes pressure that can either make or break The Learning Hub.
We are heading on the right path, with a few drawbacks – like funding – weighing heavily on the quality of services we can provide.
Although the Worcester Public Library is supporting the Free Libraries Campaign (which I told you about last time), our initiative is a work in progress as we tangle with the Department of Public Works & Parks over necessary permits and look to the community for continued support.
(The DPW is sure I need a permit, it’s just not sure what kind of permit I need. The free library movement — modest streetside kiosks filled with free books to exchange — would be new to Worcester.)
With WPL’s Summer Reading Kick-off this week, we feel especially inclined to continue pushing our Free Libraries Campaign. Thinking about the many children and adults lacking proper reading materials in their lives fires my motivation to keep going.
With the city of Worcester’s creative movement happening, we are positive about the future of the city and The Learning Hub. While our Free Libraries Campaign may be the first of its kind in the city, it will surely not be the last socially impactful project we spearhead.
Starting a special relationship with Worcester Public Library has been exceptional.
Read Giselle’s previous installment, The way forward, or scroll down to catch up from the beginning.
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