This week several parents participating in the Comienza en Casa | It Starts at Home program will be assisting the new librarian at the Milbridge Public Library, Amanda Fickett, with processing the newly acquired bi-lingual and Spanish language books. A large number of Spanish books were donated last Spring by Mano en Mano, but with limited volunteer support at the library, many are still waiting to be processed so they can be put out on the shelf. The library is always looking for community volunteers and was thrilled to have so many parents volunteer their time.
Earlier this month, many of the same families enjoyed attending a special program for children featuring a story reading by a local artist and illustrator, followed by a pumpkin carving activity. Collaborations between Mano en Mano and the library continue to be mutually beneficial, both by increasing library patronage and volunteer support, and by providing access to a variety of high quality books and educational resources for families.
Comienza en Casa| It Starts at Home was created by Mano en Mano to serve the unique needs of migrant farmworker students and parents who are enrolled in the Maine Migrant Education Program. The program works together with families of preschool and kindergarten children who primarily speak little or no English in the home to promote school readiness, literacy in the home, and early education topics.