The Richard B. Gladstone community library was inaugurated in 2005. Open five days a week, the library offers a good book collection, space for meetings and events, educational recreation for children, and reference books and textbooks for secondary school students. Outside of school hours, children come by to work on puzzles, play chess, read and explore other types of educational games.
In 2011, 60 different children and teenagers, ages 7 to 17, participated in the library’s programs. The book collection contains newly purchased books, donated titles, and educational anthologies donated by Scholastic and Houghton Mifflin companies in commemoration of Richard Gladstone, who served as a vice-president of Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company when he retired.
The collection spans three levels and is categorized accordingly: early reading, primary school-level and secondary-school and above.
The early reading level includes classics such as Dr. Seuss and Curious George (in Spanish). The secondary school level includes copies of the full series of Harry Potter, poems by Nicaragua’s Nobel Laureate poet Ruben Dario and other Spanish literature classics.
In its design, construction, and daily operation, the library demonstrates sustainability and energy efficiency.
The library has always been staffed by local high school, college or budding young professionals. Currently, it is operated on a day-to-day basis by two part-time staff members.