If I had a magic wand, I would wave it in front of the library stabilize our electricity supply for reader access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Electricity would mean that the rooms in the library would be bright enough for the children to read, the internet would be available, and the kids would be introduced to Skype, Khan Academy, and any other educational and fun site available.
Unfortunately, this is not our reality. During power outages, our readers are forced to stop reading the books and the rooms get too dark to be used. We hate the instability as it affects everything from charging laptops to phones and power lamps. This past April was especially difficult because we scheduled our very first writing competition. Unfortunately, April is rainy season. A short afternoon rain shower will cause a 3-week outage. The outages are so frustrating because the local power company is frequently unresponsive, rendering us helpless.
We do our best, even though the ripple effect on our work is compounded. The librarians spend time seeking alternatives to light up the lamps. The delay resulted in congestion in the reading rooms and uncomfortable reader conditions. I long for the day when we have access to the Internet, a stable source of electricity and support for all readers wishing to do their homework. Oh, what a glorious day!