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Migrant Head Start Families Visit Watsonville Library

Our Migrant Head Start families saunter off after a long day at work to explore the treasures of the Watsonville Library Children’s Room:  kids’ magazines, DVD’s, music and of course thousands of children’s books.

parents and students in front of sea life muralThe parents–after working ten hours in the strawberry fields—quickly shower and then  rush down to get a tour of all the resources  at the Watsonville Library.  Here they can borrow a driver’s manual, practice their English, learn a new recipe or  just relax and gather their thoughts  in a lovely room decorated with a mural of Watsonville farmworkers from across the decades.

A highlight at our annual field trip is listening to Jose Manuel Serrano from Raising a Reader Literacy Program read to the children.  He also gives parents a pep talk about the benefits of conversations, sharing books and visiting the library regularly.  This week Manuel read the brand new children’s book Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales, a particularly apt book for our families.

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