Rogers Public Library Offers Spanish Language Program, Story Times
By Dave Woods | DiscoverNorthwestArkansas.com
Frida Mateo always loved a library. When Frida was in high school she started volunteering at the Rogers Public Library.
“I used to volunteer here at the children’s library,” Frida said. “I enjoyed helping out with the programs, so when I saw a job available I applied, got the job and I really like it.”
Frida, is of Mexican heritage, is a children’s library assistant and helps with children’s story times and other activities.
“We have many programs going on all week,” she explained. “We have baby story time, preschool story time, toddler story time and a family story time. On Tuesdays we do Hispanic story time for the Spanish speaking community. A Spanish speaker herself, Frida enjoys the interaction with her Hispanic library patrons.
“I’m bilingual and that helps with the Hispanic community,” she said. “We actually do that on Tuesdays. We have regulars and we get to know them. We read Spanish books and we play a Spanish game called Loteria (Lot-er-ria). It’s a kind of Spanish bingo. It’s a very big deal in our culture. It’s a family game that everyone likes to play and people really enjoy it.”
While the Rogers Public Library lends books and offers other programming to the community, including STEM based ones, Frida said the kids especially like one of their hands-on programs.
“We have a dog that comes in on Saturdays,” she said. “He’s a therapy dog. His name is Obi. He’s a great Pyrenees. It’s fun and the kids really like petting him. He’s a big dog and he’s soft.”