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July 23, 2014

The Baker Family Learning Center in Muscoy: Don’t Just Drive Through, Come In!

Written by  Isabel Quintero
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Baker Family Learning Center in Muscoy Baker Family Learning Center in Muscoy Photo by Isabel Quintero

There are some great things happening at the new Baker Family Learning Center in Muscoy. The BFLC in Muscoy is a center for community engagement and change. It opened its doors May 2013. The land, a donation from Neal T. Baker, a native of Muscoy and founder of the Inland Empire fast food chain Baker’s Drive-Thru, who wished to contribute to the education and betterment of his hometown. As part of the San Bernardino County Library System, the BFLC is one of the few city services offered to this unincorporated area; and one that is especially needed.

The BFLC touts a meeting room, computer lab, library, and a preschool. In conjunction with the County’s Headstart program, the BFLC also provides parent engagement classes through early learning programs and nutrition classes. The library is a beautiful and inviting facility with burgeoning programs. One such program, with over 300 children enrolled, is the Summer Reading Program, which thanks to the Baker family, offers reading incentives as small as yo-yos and as big as Disneyland. The computer classes offered to adults (offered in Spanish as well), have also really taken off.

According to Leonard Hernandez, County Librarian, the most well attended programs have all been art related; the most popular of these being the after school crafts program where children and teens have the opportunity to create a myriad of things. Past projects have included decoupage and duct tape wallets. However, art plays a more significant role in the education programing. Hernandez sees art as critical in the role of retaining and recalling information. “Art is important,” he says, “…because it inspires learning.” And as one looks around the center, and he continues to explain all of the wonderful things happening here, in Muscoy, all I can think is, Ain’t that the truth.

For more information about the Baker Family Learning Center, hours of operation, events and programming, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/LibraryLocations/MuscoyBakerFamilyLearningCenter.aspx

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