March 30, 2012
Today El Paso Community College (EPCC) is celebrating Cesar Chavez Day! Cesar Chavez Days celebrates the work of Cesar Chavez, who founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) in order to help secure fair wages for farm workers. So, the library and the college campus are closed.
Cesar Chavez Day is not a national holiday yet. It is celebrated every year in California on March 31st (which is also Cesar Chavez’s birthday) and efforts to recognize the day as a federal national holiday are underway.
Cesar Chavez gave our nation and each of us a unique example to live our lives by. His selfless dedication for farm worker and worker rights, economic justice, civil rights, environmental justice, peace, nonviolence, empowerment of the poor and disenfranchised, is a monumental legacy that will inspire all and the generations to come. (From http://www.cesarchavezholiday.org/aboutus.html).
For more information about Cesar Chavez and the holiday, visit these websites:
Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday Website
Cesar Chavez Foundation Website
February 20, 2012
President’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated in many different ways… just not the ways that you may expect. It’s not that everyone has a cool different craft or neat idea for advertising used cars, instead, it’s that the holiday isn’t what we think it is. In fact, it’s not even really called “President’s Day.” It’s still “Washington’s Birthday.”
Originally, President’s Day was celebrated as a federal holiday to remember and honor our first president, George Washington, on his birthday. However, after Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, many northern states started to celebrate the newer president’s birthday at around the same time. When the official celebration of Washington’s birthday was changed to the 3rd Monday in February, it started to confuse people: who’s birthday was being celebrated?
Adding to the confusion is the fact that Nixon proclaimed the 3rd Monday in 1971 to be President’s Day to honor all past and future presidents. However, the proclamation didn’t apply to all 3rd Mondays after that…
And…apparently, 12 states have proclaimed their own “President’s Day” for the 3rd Monday in February, even though in New Mexico, President’s Day is observed on the day after Thanksgiving!
So, on the 3rd Monday in February, most of us aren’t celebrating what we expected! Now you know that the real name of the holiday is still “Washington’s Birthday.”
Citations from the TexShare database: EBSCO:
Maxwell, D. (2008, February). The Presidents’ Day Game. (Cover story). Library Media Connection. pp. 32-33.
Zipp, Y. (2010, February 15). Presidents Day 2010: facts about a holiday with an identity crisis. Christian Science Monitor. p. N.PAG.
February 2, 2012
Groundhog Day is a very unique holiday! But what is a Groundhog anyway, and do they live in El Paso?
Groundhogs are large, cat-sized rodents. They are also known as marmots, Woodchucks and whistle pigs. They are a type of ground squirrel. And sadly, they don’t live in El Paso! But some of their relatives, hoary marmots and yellow-bellied marmots, live in the mountains in the Northwest United States.
Now…. Groundhog Day! The most famous groundhog of all is Punxsutawney Phil. He’s a groundhog from Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania where people have been celebrating Groundhog Day since 1886! According to the Groundhog Day website, Phil is always 100% correct about his predictions. If he sees his shadow, then there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow on Groundhog Day, then there’s an early spring.
Learn more about the Holiday and about Groundhogs!
Groundhog Day official Page
Facts about Groundhogs from National Geographic
Groundhog stories from the El Paso Public Library
Groundhog books from El Paso Community College Library
January 16, 2012
Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986 after a long battle to create federal legislation for a national observance of the day. In 1994, Congress modified the day from an observance to a day of service.
For the first time, the Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library participated in the City of El Paso’s Martin Luther King Food Drive. This gave our library the chance to participate in a city-wide program to distribute food to these organizations in El Paso:
The Center Against Family Violence
La Fe Montana Vista Community & Resource Center
The El Paso Rescue Mission
El Paso Villa Maria
La Familia of El Paso
La Posada Home
The Opportunity Center for the Homeless
The Salvation Army
Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in non-violent change. He believed that we each could make a difference. If you would like to see more information about community organizations that are doing service on MLK day, then you can find a project on the MLK Day Service website.
Visit the MLK Day of service website.
Find out about the City of El Paso’s service initiative.
Find a book from the public library or from the El Paso Community College about Martin Luther King, Jr.
December 4, 2011
Santa and Mrs Claus came to the Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library on December 3, 2011. The party kicked off with hot dogs and cake in the EPCC cafeteria. Families enjoyed the free feast and then got together in the library to wait for Santa.
Santa arrived with music and stories. Santa danced with all of the children, forming a Christmas Conga-Line and then settling down for two stories from Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus read Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens by Joe Troiano and a pop-up version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. After reading the stories, children and their families took their pictures with Santa. Our staff even had their pictures taken!
After the photos were taken, families received candy and gifts. There were books, educational DVD’s and puzzles for all age ranges from babies to teens. While families waited for their photos to print out, children listened to more stories and sang Christmas carols.
Many volunteers helped make the day happen–students, family members and EPCC faculty all pulled together to volunteer their time. Thanks to everyone who helped and also to those who came and enjoyed the event. It was a fun day incorporating stories, music and fun with Santa! Happy Holidays!
For up-coming Santa visits at other library locations, visit the El Paso Public Library Santa Visit list.