Vanessa and Henry from Eugene Public Library were at Petersen Barn on Sunday talking about upcoming programs, including the early literacy workshop on May 25 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
[00:00:09] Vanessa (Bethel branch): I’m Vanessa, I’m a library assistant at the Bethel branch here. We have our early literacy workshop that we have coming up this Thursday here at Petersen Barn on May 25.
[00:00:18] The Bethel Early Literacy Project— that’s with Eugene Public Library, Bethel School District, and United Way. So we’re just starting to get work started with that. We’re really trying to bring early literacy tips to the community, just trying to get the community involved in supporting their children and their journey with early literacy.
[00:00:37] Henry (Eugene Public Library): My name’s Henry. I’m a youth services librarian downtown at the Eugene Public Library. We’ve got free books giveaway for the summer and yeah, kids lose a lot of their traditional support systems and structure during the summer, so we’re trying to be a community organization that can accommodate that and help support our kiddos in the community, both in English and in Spanish, throughout the summer.
[00:01:01] John Q: They chatted with Janelle from KEPW 97.3 FM.
[00:01:05] Janelle (KEPW): Thank you for being here.
[00:01:06] Henry (Eugene Public Library): Yeah, absolutely. We’re so happy to be here. So we’re gearing up for our summer reading programming. We go whole hog, got stuff going on for all age groups every single week. So we’ve got story times, we’ve got programs for kids, for tweens, for teens. And we’ve got information about our student card program. So regardless of where you live, if your kiddo goes to a 4J or Bethel school, they can get a free public card.
[00:01:28] Vanessa (Bethel branch): We have bilingual English and Spanish, and then we have some just Spanish ones, and we have some just English ones. We are just trying to get a good mix in there.
[00:01:36] We have some Fly Guy, The Puppy Place, this is one that’s constantly being picked up. Magic School Bus is still killing it, so they’ve got good ones on here. Survivor series, both in English and Spanish, are great. Then we have some classic stories, like Three Little Pigs. This one’s a really great early literacy book, it’s called Diez Puntos Negros, which is really great about getting kids recognizing letter shapes.
[00:02:03] Janelle (KEPW): You guys gave us Dragons In a Bag last year. (Heck yeah.) Got us stuck on the whole series. Number two, where she takes the dragon and she shouldn’t have, the little sister. Oh yeah. Oh yeah. Those were good stories. Thank you for that. (Yeah, absolutely.) Thank you for, for keeping the kids happy and healthy in their brain, right. (Absolutely.) Appreciate you.
[00:02:28] John Q: Check out the early literacy workshop May 25 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Petersen Barn.