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.
Toddler Tech has been a successful program at the Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library, but today, Toddler Tech took to the road.
Today the librarians took the program to the Richard Burges Library in the Northeast. Ten children and their caregivers joined in for the program. First, we warmed up with some singing and dancing, then we read Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert. After the story and songs, it was time to get to the educational technology. Children were introduced to literacy and problem-solving apps on the iPad2. Parents learned that many of the apps their children were enjoying could be found for iPhones and sometimes the same app was available on Android devices.
The room was full of energy and the sound of children and their parents, grandparents and siblings learning something new. Caregivers and children learned new skills that they shared with one another. It was a fun time and we hope to bring Toddler Tech back to the Richard Burges branch soon!
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To see what Toddler Tech is all about, watch this great video: