Thursday, November 12, 2015

Imperial County Free Library: Branches bring ‘literacy experiences’ to all corners of Valley

Imperial County Free Library: Branches bring ‘literacy experiences’ to all corners of Valley
Imperial Valley Press: 11.09.2015 by Stefanie Campos

Sitting unpretentiously in the corner of a desk a frame humbly asks to “imagine the possibilities” and proclaims “one person can make a difference.” Take a drive out to visit the county librarian in the headquarters of the Imperial County Free Library and within moments it’s clear: Connie Barrington’s passion for reaching the constituents here lives up to — if not exceeds — the inspirational messages on her desk.

At age 64, Barrington’s path to her current position could explain why she speaks about each project with a clear motive for the betterment of the community of whom she serves.

Barrington moved to the Imperial Valley in 1988 from Los Angeles. Her husband was born at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley and had family in Calipatria. In the first class she taught here, a sixth-grade class, she found the bulk of her students read at a fourth-grade level, one or two at grade-level and several at first-grade level.

Barrington asked herself, “What can I do to help my students?” and pursued a variety of continuing education classes.

“I want to create people who want to read,” said Barrington, who is a certificated school library media specialist. “If you read you can do anything you want.”  READ MORE !

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