EPCC gets a truckload of books, literally, to promote more reading

EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — Through a partnership with the Molina Foundation, El Paso Community College received a literal load of books last spring, a total of 30,437 new books, which the EPCC says will be distributed to families in El Paso County.

Lorely Ambriz, chief librarian of the EPCC’s Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library, has partnered with the Molina Foundation and accepted a grant that will fund new books worth $250,000.

EPCC has had the books in its warehouse since last spring.

For perspective, EPCC says the amount of books they received is enough to fill a 1,500-foot-long book shelf.

Books were donated by the Molina Foundation’s 2022 Families Learning Together – Book Buddies initiative, an initiative to distribute 1.5 million books worth $13 million to nonprofits and organizations. community groups across the country.

Molina Foundation’s 2022 Book Buddies Literacy Program is designed to support nonprofits, service agencies, libraries, and other community organizations across the country. The goal is to provide free books and other educational resources to help children, parents and caregivers create homes full of words by reading and learning together.

Research shows that there continue to be significant differences in academic achievement between poor children and their more affluent peers. There is a strong correlation between illiteracy and a community’s lack of social and economic progress.

As part of the Book Buddies program, the Molina Foundation will work with grantees to help children and families:

• provide home learning opportunities;

• encourage storytelling in everyday life;

• participate and indulge in reading for pleasure;

• connect to the world through books and stories; and

• Develop classroom readiness skills and prepare for school.

We are privileged to receive this generous gift of books, the distribution of these materials provides youth and their families with resources that encourage recreational reading, story sharing and learning throughout the year.

Lorely Ambriz, Chief Librarian, Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library – EPCC

Individual and boxed books were distributed at various events and to various organizations.

Individual books can be picked up at the Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library located at EPCC’s Northwest Campus 6701 S. Desert Blvd. El Paso, TX 79932 or a per box request can be requested by contacting Lorely Ambriz at [email protected]

The Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library is a partnership between El Paso Community College and El Paso City Public Libraries, established since 2003 and serving as a dual-purpose college library for EPCC students and the public as a branch of the El Paso. Public library. Serving a large, underserved community in Far West El Paso.

The Molina Foundation is a national non-profit organization. Since its inception in 2004, it has partnered with over 2,000 organizations and schools across the country to promote literacy and wellness. Additionally, he has donated more than 5 million new children’s books in English and Spanish and hosted hundreds of free workshops and programs for educators, families, and children.

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