Today at the Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library, there was a lot of language learning happening! French classes and Chinese classes took place. Students learned how to pronounce, read and speak a little of these new languages. All classes are free and all ages.
Next week, learn Dari at 11 am and Chinese at 12 noon.
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:
Yes, April is coming up faster than you expect! So get ready by planning to attend some of the events at the library!
Hope to see you at the library!
Coming up next week!
StoryTime: Preschool and Family Storytimes will start this week. Storytimes are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 11 am. This program will happen every week except during EPCC holidays.
Flix a la bibliotheque: Watch foreign films, anime and classic films. Become truly film-savvy! Every Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm.
Gaming @ the Library: Play board, video and card games with other gamers. Every Wednesday from 4 to 5 pm.
Zumba Fitness: Get really fit and keep your New Year’s Resolutions! Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:30–at Conchitas!
Chinese for the Family: Learn to speak, read and write Chinese! Family class at 12 noon till 1pm. Another class for ages 13 and up takes place at 1:15 to 2:15.
All Programs Free! BYO… snacks and drinks.
Digital Learning Day is a national, state and virtual event that takes place to highlight technology and digital learning in the classroom.
The virtual events include a live webcast and a virtual town-hall. Teachers will share their ideas and successful programs that use digital technology at school. For more information on the virtual events, visit the Digital Learning Day website.
How do you personally use digital technology to learn? Do you study using flash cards on your phone? Have you ever taken an online class? Did you learn to do something cool by watching a YouTube video?
Think about it and be sure to check out the digital versions of your library! The El Paso Public Library has many online resources, including test prep and language learning programs. Find out more at the El Paso Public Library Website’s Online Resources and Database page. And if you’re an EPCC student, remember you can use many excellent databases online.
Happy Digital Learning Day!
The new Children’s area at the Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library is starting to look like a place children and their caregivers will delight in visiting! The ceiling has been partly installed, with whimsical light fixtures and a cloud-like paneling. Too cute!
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.