The Richard B. Gladstone community library is Lone Tree Institute’s centerpiece and physical presence in Palo Solo. It presently offers a good book collection, space for meetings and events, educational recreation (like puzzles and chess) for children, and resources for local secondary school students.
Current programs include: early-childhood reading, folkloric dance, community-based ecological restoration, and collaboration with the public elementary school, helping with the “ECA” (arts and culture class) public school curriculum requirement, English-as-a-second-language, and computer literacy.
Programs have ranged from introduction to computer literacy to painting. They have all been successful, but they have evolved to adapt to the needs, and priorities, of the community, the availability of local staff. The changing offerings also reflect children growing older, the composition of the community, and increases in the overall level of educational attainment.