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:
If you have a Nook, or use the Nook app from Barnes and Noble, you may want to check out their blog. Every Friday, Barnes and Noble offers a book to download for free. They offer popular books in different genres, ranging from thrillers to young adult vampire novels to awesome mysteries.
After you’ve downloaded your free book from B & N, don’t forget you can sideload eBooks from your library website, too!
For Free Friday: The NOOK Blog
and for the Public Library’s ebooks: El Paso Library Overdrive
Yes, April is coming up faster than you expect! So get ready by planning to attend some of the events at the library!
- Starting April 7th, every Saturday you can learn a new language! Not only are the Chinese classes (at 12 noon) continuing, but you can also learn Arabic, Persian and French from one of our talented, multi-lingual staff, Zohreh! Never Late to Learn New Languages will start at 11 am on Saturdays.
- April 7th is also the day of an Easter Egg hunt. Come to the library any time to find an egg. What will you find inside? You’ll only find out if you visit the library!
- Ready to Read Storytimes continue throughout the month. They are every Tues, Wed and Satuday at 11.
- Learn how to pass the Citizenship exam with flying colors! Come to the library’s Citizenship classes every Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm.
Hope to see you at the library!
March is Women’s History Month and while the retelling of the Robin Hood legend in the story Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen isn’t strictly history, this is still the Fiction Friday pick.
One of the major reasons I chose to write about this story is that the main character in this Robin Hood legend is a strong woman who makes her own choices in life–not letting anyone, including Robin Hood, tell her what to do.
In this retelling of the legend, Will Scarlet, Robin Hood’s friend, isn’t a boy, but instead is a woman known to most around Sherwood as Scar or Will. Everyone believes she is a male thief and that’s what Scarlet wants them to believe. Only a few folks know most of the truth, including Robin, Little John, Much and Friar Tuck.
Scarlet is a strong, moody character. She has plenty of secrets and a dark past. She’s also torn about her disguise as a man: for example, the religious Scarlet won’t go to church dressed as a man because she wants God to see her as she really is. One of the things I loved about this Scarlet is that she’s multidimensional.
If you’ve seen any movies or read any Robin Hood stories, you’ll recognize some the events of the story. The Sheriff of Nottingham is here and so are the awesome prison escapes.
The story is told entirely from Scarlet’s point of view. This is a little difficult to get into at first, because Scarlet doesn’t speak in proper English. But give it a chance and I think you’ll get used to it.
The author, A.C. Gaughen, wrote that she felt “compelled” to write about Robin Hood. She was interested in the trials and tribulations that Robin faced both at home and on the Crusades and how he dealt with his pain by helping others. In her retelling she chose to rewrite Will Scarlet as a girl because he could have been!
I like to think of history as a very long game of Telephone; it’s never going to come out at the end exactly…to the way it started. (from the Author’s Note to Scarlet p.9)
There will always be people who think a woman–especially a young woman–isn’t capable of all that Scarlet believes she is. I don’t buy it. If history didn’t leave a place for a strong (and yes, sometimes grumpy) young woman to exist, then it is my pleasure and delight to shake things up… (from the Author’s Note to Scarlet p.10)
Today the library hosted 93 kindergartners and their teachers from Canutillo Elementary. It was a great program that honored Dr. Seuss since tomorrow, March 2nd, is his birthday. Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel, changed the way that children’s books were written and enjoyed. Many adults today can remember learning to read with his classic stories. I learned to read from The Cat in the Hat Comes Back!
The theme for this year’s Dr. Seuss party was The Lorax. A film version is coming out tomorrow and like I challenged the students who listened to the story, I hope all of you will look for the differences between the movie and the book.
The book is a solid story on the dangers of over-consumption. It is about ecology and the environment. The Lorax speaks for the trees… but no one in the story listens. At the end of the book, a young boy is charged with renewing the forest with the last Truffula Tree seed. The Lorax encourages everyday people to care about their world and making it a nicer place to live.
At the Seuss party, we sang songs, heard the story and made really cool Lorax masks out of paper plates. Students really seemed to understand the message of the Lorax. When we asked if the Lorax was a good guy, we received a resounding “yes!”