Welcome to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Room!

Ms. Clara Webber was the first children's librarian of Pomona Public Library. A long time correspondent with Mrs. Laura Ingalls Wilder, she was instrumental in having the Children's Room named in honor of Mrs. Wilder on May 25, 1950. Today, we house the original hand written manuscript for the novel Little Town on the Prairie. Every February, we host the Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable in honor of Mrs. Wilder's February 7th birthday.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today was "Read Across America" day at Mendoza Elementary School. It was fantastic. The whole school met outside and reading awards were given out. They honored the student who read the most in each class. The Principal, Ms. McMullin, told every student that they were all winners because each and every student was reading! She's absolutely right! It is so much fun for me to be able to go out to the schools and see the children get rewarded for reading. The children and the teachers were all wearing the "cat in the hat" hats. The county of Los Angeles fire department came and brought Tremor, the Cat in the Hat, and the Eagle for the Mendoza mascot, the Eagle.

The entire event was wonderful. I got to go to two classrooms and read. This was my second year to attend this event and I sure hope it's not my last!

While I was sitting there I reflected about the person Mendoza was named after. Candelario Mendoza was principal of this school and the first Hispanic American to get a teaching position in Pomona. I am really sorry that I never got to meet him because anyone who talks about him says what a wonderful person he was. For someone to love children the way he did he more than deserves this school to be named for him. His legacy truly lives on in this wonderful school.

Here is to you Principal McMullin and your wonderful Mendoza Elementary School!

Joke of the day: Why do traffic lights turn red?
Answer: You would too if you had to stop and go in the middle of the street! :)

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