Southwest and Border Cultures Institute has awarded a total of $5,000 to the New Mexico State University Library for two grants. The first grant, awarded $3,000, is titled “Expand Library Collections in the History and Future of Native American Education in the Southwest Border Region.” This grant is designed to expand and maintain the NMSU Library’s research collections regarding the intersection of Native American education, anthropology, literature, along with other topics, and will continue NMSU’s history as a trainer of Native American educators in the border region. The principal investigators will be John Sandstrom, College Associate Professor and Acquisitions Librarian at the NMSU Library, and Dr. Dana Christman, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership & Administration.
The second grant, awarded $2,000, is titled “Celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros 2016.” The NMSU Library has celebrated the event El día de los niños/El día de los libros multiple times over the last fifteen years. In the past, programs children’s book authors have shared their works and cultural perspectives with both children and adults in our community. Some authors who have visited in the past include Ben Saenz, Joe Hayes, Amada Irma Perez, and Vaunda Nelson. A workshop held at the NMSU Library for this national event for 2016 will focus on the readers of children’s literature who have a talent to make a story come alive for students, which can ignite a love of books and reading in children. The principal investigator will be Alisa Gonzalez, Associate Professor and Education/Social Science Librarian at the NMSU Library. The workshop will be open to the community, reaching parents, teachers, and future educators. The event will be held on or very near the next “Día”, April 30, 2016.