1. Homework Center
  2. U.S. Citizenship
  3. Therapy Dogs International
    “Read to a Dog”
  4. Art Literacy
  5. Story Hour
  6. Summer Reading

Homework Center

Sally Childs and Anita Hernandez established the Homework Center, and the Community Computer Project in 1985 for the Andy Ausonio Library.  CSUMB students and local high school students volunteer to assist library staff and Patrons. In 1999, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA) recognized Sally for her outstanding service towards young adults. The Homework Center is sponsored by the Foundation of the Monterey County Free Libraries, to provide a space for all students to work on their homework.  Students have access to printers, computer resources, including internet access, electronic databases, and word processing apps are available. For information call (831) 883-7542.

Art Literacy Program

Book making, charcoal painting, cardboard robots, oil painting, screen printing, kite building, Japanese brush painting, and fish sculptures. Spring decorated hallowed eggs, Day of the Dead masks, Christmas ornaments, and Valentine’s Day cards.

  • February – Valentine’s cards and paper creations.
  • March – kite making.
  • April – Mexican yarn drawing.
  • May – Bird nest building with eggs secured in branches with Spanish moss, lichen, and leaves.

Director Su Chesterman

(Ret.) Director of the Art Literacy Program, artist, volunteer, teacher, and member of the Friends of the Andy Ausonio Library. Su developed the lesson plans and was the instructor for the Art Literacy Program.

Multi colored animal totem pole made of clay.  Green sea turtle, red sea lion, yellow and orange eels.

Totem Pole Class

Virginia Baillie-Suzuki

(Late) Founder of the Art Literacy Program, Virginia “Ginny” Baillie-Suzuki (1947 – 2011). Graduated from University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Tulane University and Pepperdine for graduate degrees. Ginny taught nursing in Japan, Scotland, England, and Germany. Monterey Herald staff writer Mr. Stephen Tung, authored the article about why Ginny started the Art Literacy Program titled, “Cancer diagnosis prompts woman to start youth art program.”  Article.

Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

Read to a dog

Allows students to practice their reading skills. TDI’s program goals, and objectives benefits children. TDI Programs.

“It is fun for the children to read to a patient therapy dog.  Children who might be hesitant, embarrassed or shy about their reading abilities feel at ease around a dog who is just there to listen to the story and there to judge how well her or she reads.”  Library News, Vol 1, Issue 3, December 2007.

Contact information:
Therapy Dogs International
88 Bartley Road
Flanders, NJ 07836
Tel:  (973) 252-9800
Fax: (973) 252-7171

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