Welcome to "La Pagina en La Puerta"
The library is back in its original doorway. Children were quite excited to enjoy reading, doing homework, and playing in the library's new home! Whether it be one of our over 3000 books in our fiction and non-fiction library; or one of our many puzzle books or Where´s Waldo in the gameroom, children know that they can count on finding a book no matter where they are in the library!
Several children found it quite comfortable doing their homework in the new homework room on the main floor. They loved being able to take off their shoes to go up to the reading room where they can sit in a quietly at a table or on a cushion on the floor.
It was quite exciting to find away to build the library while still having a way to get into my house. The solution was to build 12 meters above our narrow 17m by 2 meter entry -- and it worked.
Amy Bakal-Ugarte passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 18, 2015. Amy was the founder and visionary of La Pagina en la Puerta. For the hundreds of children in Cusco who Amy adored, she leaves the wonderful La Pagina en la Puerta, a legacy of hope, literacy and learning. La Pagina merged Amy’s passions for books, teaching and children. In Amy's memory, and for the children of Cusco, La Pagina will continue for years to come at its original home in the doorway of Amy's home.
As is clear from La Pagina, Amy was a humanitarian whose caring extended to animals and humans alike. Amy doted on animals, whether they were part of her menagerie of birds, rabbits, cats, dogs and chickens or the stray cats and dogs that wandered the streets of her neighborhood in need of medical care, food or shelter. As the consular agent in Cusco for the American Embassy, she helped hundreds of people travelling or living in Peru. Before her resignation from the Embassy in February, she was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for her "tireless service to U.S. citizens in Cusco."
Amy will be missed by her family, her friends, and those whose lives she touched.