“…which will be called Absalón Rojas after my husband, who loved the islanders so much, and the library will be named Santa Genoveva to pay tribute to the Patron Saint of Paris, my home town”. It was also her wish that the land was not divided or alienated under any kind of title that would impede the ultimate purpose of the benefit in favor of “the islanders”.
(Felicaria Creek Neighbors Association) and the Santa Genoveva Popular Library arose. The neighbors of Felicaria Creek and its surroundings, led by Miss Marjorie Clements, gathered and fervently gave shape to a new organization.
The Sociedad de Fomento Vecinal Arroyo Felicaria
was founded on October 1, 1958. Shortly afterwards, the urgent care facility and the library were inaugurated in what used to be the Rojas house.
The health center turned out to be a model of medical assistance on the islands, where the neighbors association focused all its energy, taking care of the operation and maintenance of the building, of obtaining the necessary equipment, instruments, medicines and managing excellent assistance. The library was started with the books owned by Genoveva, kept like a treasure in their original glass cabinets, and it was located in the waiting room of the urgent care facilities.
In addition to the work done by Miss Clements (who has passed away), her niece Victoria and several neighbors from the island contributed with this enterprise. Some of them are Guillermina, Dori, Gerardo, Lía, Michael and many more neighbors for whom the library, and especially its activities and actions, is part of their daily lives and of their eagerness to help others.
It was not until 1999 that the library was given strong impulse, which led to the acknowledgement of this institution by the CONABIP (Comisión Nacional Protectora de Bibliotecas Populares)
(National Committee for the Protection of Public Libraries) and the Dirección Provincial de Bibliotecas Públicas
(Provincial Department of Public Libraries). Thus, it became known by other libraries in our country and the world. The Library, More Alive than Ever
Visitors must take a commuter launch at the Tigre
river station that will take them down to Felicaria Creek, located in the Second Section of the Delta Islands, less than 2-hours’ navigation away.
Once almost all the passengers got off the launch, the captain said: “We have reached the Felicaria Library”. A small building painted in attractive colors gave notice that we had arrived. No sooner had we got on the pier than somebody came to welcome us with open arms.
On Saturday mornings, dozens of children gather there to learn English. The teacher is Victoria Clements, who after the lesson joins the meeting of the neighbors association, in which everything done during the week is revised and the dates to complete future tasks are arranged.
Thus, works were done to provide the islands with electricity, telephone services, mail and a higher frequency of commuter launches and other services which represent the simple rights of every citizen in the large cities. After a great effort, Internet is reaching the islands and the library will soon have this service available for the islanders. The Talk of Town
Nowadays, there are fourteen schools on the Delta islands (they have kindergarten and elementary levels) and there is only one high school and one school for children with special needs. The Felicaria Library provides books for all of them, with an exceptional special feature: books are distributed by launch or canoe and, many times, personal loans are done on an annual basis, so that the child may have the book during the entire school period.
Hardly anything for a small library lost in the Delta supported by the regular and extraordinary payments made by the members, with monthly subsidies provided by the Dirección Provincial de Bibliotecas Públicas
and the Conabip