Biblioteca From Books to Brilliance, established in 2010, is housed in a newly constructed building at José de la Cruz Mena elementary school. After relocating twice, this library now offers sufficient lighting and bookshelves to spare. Completely run by teachers, it serves both students and faculty. Prior to its creation, El Pantanal's teachers gathered around single copies of grade level text books, each copying lessons and worksheets by hand to use in schools throughout the village.
Today El Pantanal's growing library is stocked with nearly 500 books. Students enjoy literature, both fiction and nonfiction, and study from Nicaraguan grade level textbooks. Biblioteca From Books to Brilliance brings a sense of unity to the rural area of El Pantanal, providing a place where all can come to read, study and think...and make dreams possible.