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By Norma Herrera Library Director
The Dilley Public Library had 134 patrons visiting in May, and 46 used the internet for their work or research. The circulation count for the month was 123. We had 12 students with 15 visits. We are very pleased to have started our “Tales & Tails” Summer Reading Program, which continues through July 16. We have also established a strong partnership with the Mary Harper Middle School Summer Academy, whose students are bussed to the library for a 20-minute reading session, after which they can use the computers or enjoy the board games in the adjoining convention center. The students will come to the library for three of the four days they are enrolled in the academy. The visits are set to begin June 14; sessions are offered from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.; attendance will be limited to 20 students at a time. We have a special event planned for 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, when popular storyteller and world traveler Bernadette Nason will entertain the young readers with some of her tales in the convention center. The event is fully funded by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. There may be over 80 students attending the event, so health and safety protocols will be observed with chair spacing and other precautions to prevent crowding. We are also hoping to host a pizza party for the students during the summer. Bernadette Nason will return to Dilley for a visit coinciding with our Summer Reading Program from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 25, offering a free performance for the youngsters. In other news, we are pleased to announce that the library will host a ‘Summer Earn & Learn’ program for local students. The statewide strategy is designed to assist youths with work readiness training and paid work experience for those with disabilities through the Texas integrated workforce system. Representatives provide participants with foundational employment skills, preparing them for successful transition to postsecondary education and employment. The students will work for a minimum of five weeks during the summer. Employers will provide supervision as part of the arrangement to help young newcomers to the workforce. The library hosted Teacher Appreciation Week in May and delivered donuts to the school as a way of thanking our teachers, support staff and custodians for the work they do for our children. Students in Mrs. Obregon’s high school Spanish class again took part in the translation project that has become a tradition in the course. The teens translated English storybooks into Spanish and then distributed them to the children at the library to enjoy during the Summer Reading Program. The students’ translation work is on public display at the library. Children from Dilley’s L’il Pups Daycare Center visited the library in May and had stories read to them, followed by discussions on what they had learned. They then used the computers, colored, and watched an educational program. Stories were read by library staff. We are very pleased to announce that the Dilley Public Library has received a $1,250 grant from Medina Electric Cooperative aimed at strengthening the library’s services to the community. The funds will be used to reinforce the Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs that are vital to the youths’ education. The kits we ordered are composed of pieces for building robots, mechanical structures, engineering experiments, designing sets and coding, all of which help build a strong STEM foundation for our youths.