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

Art Literacy Program
Ms. Su Chesterman is an artist and is the Director for the Art Literacy Program. 2015 has taken off to a great start, the students have been learning mixed mediums.  A new class is offered every month.

  • 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.

The purpose of the Art Literacy Program is to assist in developing an art and literacy connection.

Past classes have included bookmaking, charcoal painting, cardboard robots, oil painting, screen printing, kite building, Japanese brush painting, paper crafts, computer arts, fish sculptures, portfolio covers, charcoal, pastel drawings, Christmas ornaments, halloween crafts, Day of the Dead masks, origami, and decorated hallowed eggs.

Founder of the Art Literacy Program is the late Mrs. Virginia “Ginny” Baillie-Suzuki.

Therapy Dogs International (TDI)- Read to a Dog
The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed atmosphere for students to practice the skill of reading.  Once a students is relaxed they can focus on reading. TDI’s program goals, objectives, and the benefits of children reading to dogs are clearly defined on their website TDI Programs.

Saturdays 11AM Walker (certified therapy dog) and handler Ms. Linda Beneke visit the Andy Ausonio Library.

“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.

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

Homework Center
Coordinators Sally Childs and Anita Hernandez established the Homework Center and the Community Computer Project in 1985.  Donations from the community provided new computer workstations.

In 1999 the Homework Center was recognized by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA) for outstanding service to young adults.

Sally Childs continues to work with tutors and students on a daily bases.  She has recruited CSUMB student volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks.

The Homework Center is sponsored by the Foundation of the Monterey County Free Libraries.  The purpose is to provide a place for students to complete their homework.  Access to printing, computer resources, including Internet access, electronic databases, and word processing are available. For information call (831) 883-7542.

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