Darrell found the room for us in a community centre in a barrio called, Pancasan. When we first saw the room is was filled with new desks waiting for a school over on Ometepe Island to be completed. It is a basic concrete block construction with a grill on the window opening to the road but with just open spaces for two windows and two doors on the interior wall.
We needed to make sure the room was secure and that there was access to the road for us to open the library on Saturdays when the community centre is closed. The NGO who had originally built the community centre undertook to put grills over the two windows and doors and to knock out and build the outside door. They even put glass over the outside window to still allow for light and air but obstruct the vision. One of our fears is the idea of losing all to robbers when there is no one in the centre. Fortunately there are houses close by so hopefully our fears are for nought, but you must always take precautions. The changes were accomplished very quickly, albeit, roughly. This rough work included the old lock they put on the outside door which was a fight to open each time we went over to work there. Finally we had a locksmith we know come and put in a new lock and ensure the library was safe but easily accessed. The community centre is at the end of a dirt road and I didn’t want the young woman we have hired to be the librarian to have to be out there alone struggling to get it.
We also discovered that one corner of the room flooded after heavy rains. It was hard to see where the water was coming from as there is a deep overhang on that side of the room. We have since had workmen from a nearby construction site come and dig out a corner of the concrete floor and re-concrete it believing that the water might be seeping up. We also bought silicon sealant and went around the three outside walls sealing the edges where walls and floor meet. Last night was the first big rainfall for a couple of weeks so we will see if our efforts have made a difference.
So now we have a room we believe is secure and dry for the new library.