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President Winograd Starts First Chapter of Suncat Storytime

During the creation of the new library in the Student Resource Center, a dream was born to make the library not only a resource for CNM students, but for the community as well. On Feb. 9, the first ever "Suncat Storytime" was held in the Library for children from Tres Manos Child Development Center, just east of the SRC.

Sep 07, 2016

February 2011

Suncat Storytime
During the creation of the new library in the Student Resource Center, a dream was born to make the library not only a resource for CNM students, but for the community as well. On Feb. 9, the first ever "Suncat Storytime" was held in the Library for children from Tres Manos Child Development Center, just east of the SRC.

Each Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m., children from Tres Manos will attend storytime at the library and storytimes will be held for any community members that would like to attend every fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

Akilah Hollingsworth-Pickett, administrative coordinator for Libraries and Educational Resources, said the plan to hold storytime has been in the works for some time and she is excited that the plan has finally come to fruition.

"The reality of it really solidified when we walked over and took them a formal invitation," Hollingsworth-Pickett said. "Going over and meeting the kids was a wonderful experience. They've been anticipating it."

The program is organized by library staff Hollingsworth-Pickett, Kat Gullahorn and Olivia Baca, and a team of advisors from all over the college who are dedicated to promoting early literacy in the community. The storytellers will be committee members and any other CNM employees who would like to volunteer. Each storyteller will choose the story they would like to read.

The first story was read by CNM president Kathie Winograd to a group of children ages 3-6 from Tres Manos. She read a book from the "Llama Llama" series by Anna Dewdney.

Tres Manos has long been a childcare resource for CNM students.

"Seventy-five percent of spots are held for CNM students taking 6 hours or more," said Pam Apodaca, head teacher at Tres Manos. Apodaca anticipates bringing about 30 students to the inaugural storytime.

Hollingsworth-Pickett said that library staff members are excited to share their new facility to promote literacy in the community. The new SRC sits on land that used to be a baseball field that was utilized by both Tres Manos and Heights Community Center. The idea for storytime came up around the same time that the decision was made to build the SRC, said Hollingsworth- Pickett.

Anticipation has also been building among staff and faculty who have volunteered for the Suncat Storytime committee. If you fancy yourself a storyteller, all CNM employees are welcome to volunteer to read during storytime.

If you are interested in reading for storytime, please e-mail storytime@cnm.edu.