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Storytime with Migrant Farmworker Families

Storytime with Migrant Farmworker Families

We bring the summer reading experience to some of the county's most vulnerable children.
Boy in green shirt walks through the grass holding children's books

WCCLS partnered with Hillsboro Public Library, visiting two camps for migrant farmworkers and signing kids up for HPL’s Summer Reading program in June. Every child received a bag containing a book to keep, craft supplies and activities. Staff has continued visiting migrant camps each week in July to conduct storytime in English and Spanish. About 35 to 40 kids attend storytime, which also includes crafts, songs, games and more book giveaways.

A handwritten thank you card from a child to a teacher

WCCLS is one of the few governmental organizations that visits these migrant camps on a regular basis. Our mission is clear: WCCLS partners with local public libraries to connect people to excellent countywide library services. Visits from WCCLS and HPL staff bring library services to a vulnerable population who do not have the opportunity to attend traditional storytime at the library. This unique program encourages a love of reading while kids are out of school during the summer.