I went to Cuba Libro between Christmas and New Years as I always do when in Havana. Connor was there but running around like a mad woman as usual. She always tries to greet and briefly chat with new visitors while simultaneously be in a meeting there. And one must remember that she has a significant full time job besides Cuba Libro and her blog postings.
Bring any contributions to Cuba Libro as Connor is upfront in telling you things they really can use at Cuba Libro and appreciate as well as those “we will find somebody in the neighborhood that can use this”, Things she specifically mentioned are always in need include:
- Good cocoa power to make exotic coffee drinks for staff and visitors
- Exotic condoms (flavored, ribbed, Magnum, women’s) as they have a give away basket and have to limit how many people take. Remember, the government dispenses plain condoms so they need exotics.
- Cheap reading glasses. So many visitors, especially Cubans, need reading glasses but canot get them. Remember that 5 pairs of dollar store glasses are almost 5X as good as one $5 pair.
- small household medical supplies like tubes of antibiotic ointment, Acetaminophen, band aids, simple gauze bandages, and things like that. Connor says many in the neighborhood need such.
But no matter what, just go to Cuba Libro, hang out, read a bit, and soak up the culture.