Milbridge Library Hosts First Winter Festival
The Milbridge Public Library hosted its first ever Winter Festival on February 21st, with a bilingual story reading of “A Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, indoor and outdoor activities, hot chocolate and chocolate atole (a traditional hot beverage served in Mexico around the holidays). The event could not have taken place without the help of the ten community volunteers, who assisted with everything from designing a winter animal track activity and bringing props for snow creations to baking fresh bread.
Children attending the event were invited to think about what they like to do on snowy days, and a poster featuring their drawings and stories is on display in the library. Mano en Mano received a grant from the Lerner Foundation to collaborate with the Milbridge Public Library and facilitate a group of stakeholders interested in seeing more programming happening on a regular basis. New Mano en Mano staff member Juana Vazquez Rodriguez and Migrant Education Program Coordinator Ana Blagojevic are facilitating the group.This was the first event to take place since the start of the grant and served as an opportunity to try out new event planning materials and outreach strategies with librarian Amanda Fickett. We look forward to more events and community collaboration at the library!