Each week the program will be organized around a theme that is both appropriate for babies 6 months old to 2 years old and engaging for the caregivers who bring them. Guzman is originally from El Paso, TX, and graduated from New Mexico State University. She worked as a home-based counselor for at-risk youth and families before moving back to New Mexico in 2011. She is a business owner and full-time mother.
This is the ninth year of the popular Books and Babies program, which introduces very young children to the pleasures of books, rhymes and stories, laying a foundation for literacy. The English-language program continues Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Library (145 Washington Ave., 955-6837); Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the La Farge Branch Library (1730 Llano St., 955-4863); and Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. at the Southside Branch Library (6599 Jaguar Dr., 955-2828).
“Everyone loves the program and quickly finds out that Books and Babies attendees are a very welcoming and positive community building and fun group," Cummings says. "The babies quickly become friends and everyone enjoys the songs, finger-plays, and stories."
Books and Babies is funded by the Brindle Foundation and the Anonymous Books and Babies Fund. For more information, contact the Southside Branch Library at (505) 955-2828.