Some very creative individuals are coming up with a few unique ways to educate and inform others.
The Carlsbad Public Library and our Public Works department are working on a “StoryWalk” trip along Lake Carlsbad. According to our head librarian, Sarah Jones, this will be a great way for children, adults and families to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.
A series of wooden posts will be set up along the beach area, each with a tray to hold a laminated page, with each frame holding a story page from a children’s picture book. The first book will be “Cat’s Colors” by Airlie Anderson. There will be 20 story frames total, and the library plans to change out these stories every now and then. Right now, the plan is for the stories to run roughly from near the train bridge to the beach swimming area. They may even host local writing contests with the winner’s story being displayed. Sarah says StoryWalk Solutions was created by a woman named Anne Ferguson with the help of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. It’s certainly a great option for parents looking for some educational activities out of the house and we look forward to everything being put in place.
Members of New Mexico’s business community have also created an option they hope will provide the state’s citizens with improved access to governmental leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Virtual Roundhouse is a joint effort of the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce, the New Mexico Hospitality Association, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, and the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association. You can register and attend the event at www.virtualroundhousenm.com. According to a press release, the Virtual Roundhouse platform will kick-off on Monday, January 11 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM with presentations from industry leaders, department secretaries, and legislative leadership from both chambers and parties.
The public will have the opportunity to meet with legislators during virtual office hours, visit virtual booths during the Business Expo, and attend a Business Day conference and a Trend Conference. Community groups are also able to host social calendar events such as Early Childhood Day and Ag Day. The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is also very involved and will be using this opportunity to tell everyone about what our community has to offer.
This is certainly not the same as visiting the Roundhouse in person, but any product that allows members of access to the legislative process is a positive development.
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