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New Reading Room Opening for Napa County Farmworkers

Credit: Napa County Library.
Credit: Napa County Library.

A new Reading Room Collections and Literacy Programs is launching this week at the Mondavi Farmworker Center at 5589 Silverado Trail in Napa. 

A May 20 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting is scheduled by the Napa County’s Farmworker Housing Centers.   

This project, a collaborative effort between the Napa County Library and the Napa County Housing Authority, will provide new recreational opportunities for residents, as well as the chance for residents to participate in the Library’s literacy program and work toward personal learning goals.  

This project was made possible through a grant from the St. Helena Farmworker’s Committee that allowed material purchases, and a grant from the American Library Association that funded travel to the Guadalajara International Book Fair to purchase high-quality Spanish language books.

 


Iris Dandi May 18, 2014 at 03:59 PM
When I read it I thought how great, the farmworkers are being helped to integrate and function in our society by literacy and learning our culture. Until the last line, where it seems as if they are not being integrated into America at all - they are becoming literate in Spanish. Does that make a good use of funds, when they need to learn English to understand their kids' homework, safety rules, get another job?
Steve Sando May 19, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Is it called the Mexican Integration Library? "Our society"? Are you kind of amazed that you can take something as positive and nice as a library and turn it into a weird political pulpit? I am. I hope it encourages reading among a overworked population that needs to catch all the breaks in can.
Karen Garcia May 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM
After they become literate in Spanish it will be much easier for them to learn to read and write in English. Learning literacy through the home language first, while learning to speak and understand the second language, has been shown through many, many studies to be the most effective method for teaching a second language.

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