Northwest Campus Library
The Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library

 Wrestlemania Reading Challenge Grant

The Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library at El Paso Community College Receives Grant to Enhance its Teen Collection!

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2014

NW Literacy The Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library at El Paso Community College (EPCC), Northwest Campus offers a wealth of services and resources to the teens in the far west El Paso, Canutillo and Westway in Texas part of New Mexico serving a large agriculture and migrant population, with reading programs, an anime club, learning activities with mobile devices and much more. Now, with a $5,000 award from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc (WWE), the library will be able to offer even more to the community’s teens. The library won the award for a program it held earlier this year that encouraged kids and teens to read by participating in the 2014 WrestleMania Reading Challenge.

The Laura Bush and Jenna Welch Library’s program SmackDown Reading Challenge: Get ready to rumble! purpose was to establish a Saturday reading club focused on strengthening 21st century skills by teaching students how to download eBooks on to reading electronic devices, such as iPads, Kindles, and laptops.

NW Literacy The focus is to incorporate teamwork, fraternity, friendship and collaboration to strengthen the teen’s peer learning. It is intended that during reading time the teens participate in reading aloud to one another. Moreover, parents are involved and interactive with their teens discussing their favorite WWE superstar and event. Throughout the program participants will be gathering information on their favorite superstar to create a poster, which enhances their writing, information searching, creativity and public speaking skills. The participants are expected to meet regularly and also during their meetings they will the have opportunity to share their WWE related books, readers, other books and their WWE

According to Lorely Ambriz, a Librarian at the Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library, the library offers teens a wealth of reading resources, a safe place to go after school, on weekends and Summers, and a wealth of learning activities to help teens pursue their interests or gain skills that will help them in school and beyond. Moreover, this program will benefit teens participating in the Early College’s High School Initiative. This initiative is designed to allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate Degree in four years.

NW Literacy Our library is a unique academic library partnered with the city public library to serve a diverse population at the border and it’s the only community library that provide a year round children programming and the only one serving far west El Paso, Canutillo, WestWay, in Texas part of New Mexico serving a large agriculture and migrant population. Therefore, this grant funding has help the library to enhance teen literacy programs, to purchase over 170 books, eBooks, and 5 mini iPads to enhance our teen’s collection.

NW LiteracyThe NW Library offers every Thursday 4:00–7:00 p.m. a Teen Hangout with movies, games and refreshments.

About YALSA
YALSA is a subdivision of the American Library Association (ALA). For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org or http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/09/yalsa-wwe-announce-wrestlemania-reading-challenge-grant-program-recipients.

About WWE’S Corporate Social Responsibility
NW LiteracyWWE’s global community outreach programs address important social issues, including education, diversity and inclusion, military support and fulfilling wishes and dreams. WWE and its Superstars and Divas support a wide range of programs, partners and initiatives that strive to positively impact children and families worldwide, including the “Be a STAR” anti-bullying campaign, WrestleMania Reading Challenge, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Make-A-Wish, WWE Tribute to the Troops and many more. For more information log onto www.WWECommunity.com

For more information please contact: Lorely Ambriz, Librarian, Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library at El Paso Community College – Northwest Campus lambriz@epcc.edu (915) 831-8886