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During the month of May, Muleshoe librarians are guiding older students on library tours and demonstrating librarian skills for them.

“High school teachers are bringing in students for IPET, or Instructional Practice Education Teacher,” said Frances Recio, director of Muleshoe Area Public Library. “This is something new to our agenda in May. It’s our first year aimed at more high schoolers. We’re showing them and giving them a taste of librarian skills, which we cover with them over the course of three different visits.”

On May 14, Girl Scouts will be taking part in the program for the first time.

One of the skills the students learn is reading books to younger kids.

“The book I’m going to focus on during story time is one of the Sinnda Frog collection,” Recio said. The Sinnda Frog book read during May is “This Book Is A Mistake,” written by Ron Keres and illustrated by Art Lin.

“They’re cute and based on basic themes that we can have fun with,” Recio said. “Kids that participate in reading time are getting a sticky frog to take home with them.”

The library anticipates having more than 200 students take part in the library skills program on May 8-9 and 14-15.

The library doesn’t have any events scheduled from May 20-24, and librarians will be setting up for the Summer Reading Program from May 28-31. However, Recio says, any last-minute groups that want to schedule an IPET tour should feel free to call and schedule one.

“If schools or any community group wants to come in, we’ll have the program for them,” Recio said. “If you tell us you want in, we will do this.”

On Saturday, May 4, the library held its annual Free Comic Book Day offering a variety of comic books including one aimed at younger readers. Fifty comic books provided by Robert Mora and Star Comics of Lubbock were given away.

While the library’s main focus has always been books, Recio points out that the library has many other services available.

“We have online courses, books on audio, DVDs and newspapers,” she said. “Books are more than just a bunch of words. We have more visuals, more graphic novels, including Manga for young adults. The public library has a sampling of everything for our community.”

The library will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.

Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Muleshoe Area Public Library is located at 322 West 2nd Street. For information, call 806-272-4707.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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