Today was truly wonderful. After some last minute organizing and cleaning yesterday (it doesn’t matter how well you prepare, a last minute clean is always in order), we were ready to open the Iltilal library this morning.

The entire Iltilal community joined us for the occasion – parents of the school, extended family, neighbors, elders, and clan members. It was tremendously rewarding for us to be able to meet everyone that will benefit from this library, and to be able to give them tours of the space.

The library council were fantastic hosts, showing the community members around and giving demonstrations on the new Smart Board.

We loved seeing the reactions of the parents to the book collections, as we spent a great deal of time selecting books that were relevant to the community, such as books about local animals, conservation, the environment, poaching, climate, water, and health.