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PHARR – In celebration of Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros, the PSJA Library Services Department teamed up with district administration to encourage kids to continue their love of reading.
In 1996, author, poet and literacy advocate Pat Mora founded the national initiative as a way to encourage a love of books and reading among children of all cultures. PSJA librarians from across the district celebrate the tradition every year.
Still hoping to connect children to the world through books and libraries despite the current situation, the PSJA Library Department asked the district administration to share what they recommend kids read during their time at home. The librarians compiled a Google Slides presentation with about 30 PSJA leaders and their book of choice.
“Our PSJA district leaders take great interest in promoting literacy to all of our students,” said PSJA Director of Library Services Nora Galvan. “During this ‘New Normal’ our district continues to promote literacy by recommending their favorite books virtually.”
Picks include PSJA Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorge Arredondo and his selection Martin de León: Tejano Empresario by Judy Adler, Elise Parsley’s If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON’T selected by PSJA Chief of Staff Juan Alvarez, Lucia the Luchadora, picked by Chief Operations Officer Hestroverto “Nick” Martinez’s, to name a few. Students wanting to continue their love of reading can access thousands of free books via the free online resources tab on the district’s E-learning website.
These selections can be accessed through the PSJA Library Services page at www.psjaisd.us/LibraryServices or by clicking the following link.
“We must continue to encourage the love of reading for our students,” Dr. Arredondo said. “What better way to celebrate our children than today. We encourage them to open a book, use their imagination and continue learning!”