“In Mexico and Central America, the concept of public libraries in communities is unfamiliar.”
Besides offering homework help, the library hosts a biweekly book club where kids read a book and then discuss it. Kids who stay in the program get free pizza. Also offered are a video game fest, reading to dogs and book giveaways, funded by a grant to the library.
The way Jones sees it, all are investments in a child's future. The only requirement is that they participate in the process.
“I think that's the purpose of our job, and it definitely matters to me,” Jones said. “I think this is a population that is underserved in many ways, but while we are here we might as well give them every opportunity available.”