Monterey County Free Libraries selected as Finalist in National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award


“Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) is proud to announce that the Arts and Literacy Program at their Andy Ausonio branch in Castroville has been chosen for recognition as a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.The Arts Literacy Program, as it is also known, has been in existence for 8 years now. It is a program that has been transforming lives by introducing children to art and artists, and bringing families and the community closer together from its very beginning. It has the support of MCFL (the parent library system), the Friends of the Andy Ausonio Library group, the Haynes Foundation, and the Arts Council of Monterey County. MCFL provides the venue and staff support for the program, and the Friends of the Andy Ausonio Library have been consistently paying for the art supplies since the inception of the program. The program was originally started by library volunteer Virginia Baillie-Suzuki who ran the program for 2 years, and is now run by local artist Su Chesterman. Ms Chesterman is also a long-time library volunteer. Castroville Branch Manager Erik Thurman and the branch staff have worked tirelessly to encourage children to participate and to provide the staff support for the monthly program. The program is free to all participants.”