RUM English Major Presents Project “Mapping the Caribbean with Children’s Literature” to the MCL
Just opened at the Mayagüez Children’s Library, ” Mapping the Caribbean with Children’s Books “, an exhibition of 20 children’s books, written by authors from Caribbean nations, designed and given to the library by Iris Soto Ruíz, a fourth year English major at RUM from Aguada, PR.
Iris, who wanted to do something to encourage children to enjoy reading, spoke with her professor, Dr. Ricia Chansky about her idea to provide books for children through the MCL. Their discussions led to the idea for this exhibition which she first presented at the 25th Anniversary party for the library on February 26, 2017 at the Cultural Center in Mayagüez. You can now see this gift of love to the children of Mayagüez at the library; Iris will be at our April 29 Open House and Book Presentation to talk with people about her project.
MCL Present at RUM Agricultural Fair March 14 – 18
UPR Professor and member of the MCL Board of Directors, Linda M. Rodríguez, wrote and produced a new story for Nena and her other puppets for the 40th anniversary of the RUM agricultural fair, 5 Días con Nuestra Tierra (5 Days with our Earth). Helped by her students of film and creative writing, she presented the new show, Nena and her Friends Go for a Walk in the Countryside, daily from March 14 – 18, 2017, to hundreds of school children visiting the fair. from schools in western Puerto Rico, including from Moca as well as from local schools such as David G. Farragut and W.A.L.K.S. The Aguada Coop was present during the week to hand out pencils and bags to children and teachers. Saturday various groups of Boy Scouts attended. Library personnel, including volunteers, were present selling books and publicizing our services, programs and upcoming events.
Linda also presented the new show on Friday, March 24 at 10:00 AM at MUSA (the RUM Art Museum) to children from the RUM Preschool Center as part of the activities of Art Week at the university.
Presentation on Animated Film Making Ends the Series “Semillas para la comunidad”
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Professor of film in the English Department at UPR-RUM, Dr. Mary Leonard, gave the final of 10 presentations in the series Semillas para la comunidad, organized by Board member Dr. Ryan Hamilton and funded by the Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades. Her conference on animated film-making (Cine Animado) was enjoyed by more than twenty people. Leonard showed workshop participates how to get started making their own animations on their computers, illustrating many of her points with clips from international animated films.
At the end of the workshop, Leonard established an interactive video connection to the studio of Puerto Rican animated filmmaker, Alba García Rivas in NY City, who spoke about her work and answered questions.
Alba Garcia Rivas is originally from Bayamon. She moved to New York City to study animation at the School of Visual Arts, and now lives in the Bronx. Her film Time/Space Reflections, has been shown in many film festivals and received awards. She is now trying to raise funds to direct her first feature-length animated film.
Here is a video about Alba:
A Halloween Adventure with Nena and Her Friends
Saturday, October 29, 2016 our activity room was filled with children and family members for an interactive story experience in which Linda M. Rodríguez Guglielmoni, dressed as an Ecological Fairy Godmother, told her original story, Nena and her Friends in the Enchanted Autumn Forest.
With the help of the character, Don Emilio the Great Mouse, Fairy Godmother Linda handed out magic hats that helped everyone on this magical journey and gave the children props and small puppets which they used to become an integral part of the storytelling adventure. Sound and special effects used in telling the story and Halloween candy were provided by students from the Department of English Student Association (EDSA) and Future Teachers Association of RUM. In addition, the RUM students decorated the room, which was transformed into a colorful, autumn scene.
We hope everyone can participate in our Christmas season celebration when Nena and her Friends will find themselves in a new adventure in the Magical Winter Forest. This event will take place on Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 AM at our Library. Don’t forget to bring your boots and scarfs!
Computer Class Receives Certificates
There was a small graduation celebration recently at the MCL! Saturday, September 17, 2016 Sr. Felipe Sepúlveda, the computer workshop teacher, awarded certificates to five students who had finished the basic level computer workshop successfully. Congratulations to all!
Homeschoolers Enjoy Their Reading Marathon at MCL
The Library filled with kids and parents Friday, September 16,2016 when the Weavers Homeschoolers group came to participate in a Reading Marathon they had planned and called “La Alegría de Comparator” (The Joy of Sharing). Activities included parents reading to kids, a Scavenger Hunt for information in the library, and an interactive reading activity with tablets, presented by our Administrator/Director, Josseant Flores Cruz.
School Visits – August, 2016
Our program specialist during the summer, Sra. Adelissa González, prepared programs for the opening of the school year 2016-2017. Beginning in August she visited five Mayagüez elementary schools, working with children in Kinder through 6th Grade.
Summer Camp Report – June and July, 2016