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Orland library honors Cesar Chavez with program

The Orland Library is honoring Cesar Chavez with a Spanish-themed reading program Thursday. Children’s Librarian Nancy Leek said this is the first time the library has done this, and she hopes for a good turnout. It will be a drop-in program from 4p.m-6:30 p.m. in the library, 333 Mill St. Two storytime events are planned along with crafts, games, snacks and some book give a ways, she said. Stories and songs will be read and sung in both English and Spanish. The event is open to children of all ages. “The main idea is to get people to the library who might not usually come,” Leek said. It is being organized by Parent Partners, a group aligned with the Glenn County Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council, and the Glenn Literacy Project, she added. Of course, Leek and her colleagues hope to spur interest in the library through this event and encourage people to sign up for a library card and to check out books. Leek regularly conducts storytime activities for pre-schoolers and other young children, and this is an off shoot of that. However, she said the Chavez program is aimed for all ages. Orland City offices and the library will be closed Friday to observe Cesar Chavez Day. The holiday honors the late civil rights leader who championed better working conditions, pay and benefits for the nation’s farm workers. Library Director Jody Meza also announced a separate program this week for both the Orland and Willows libraries. April will be Amnesty Month for fines on over due items and library replacement cards. This is in honor of National Library Week – April 8-14, Meza said. No fines will be charged for the entire month and the $3 replacement fee for library cards will be waived. However, it does not apply to outstanding fines or to lost or damaged items, she said. For more information, call 865-1640 or Willows at 934-5156. Contact Rick Longley at 934-6800 or .

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