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Holiday ROAR

Faculty and Staff Holiday Luncheon 

University of the Pacific faculty and staff are invited to join President Pamela Eibeck for a festive luncheon to kick off the holiday season from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Don and Karen De Rosa University Center Ballroom. An RSVP is requested for catering purposes by Nov. 24.


Holiday ROAR Book Drive
The event also marks the university's annual Holiday ROAR book drive, which this year will benefit two programs: University of the Pacific's Community Involvement Program (CIP) and Reach Out And Read (ROAR).

The month-long, campus-wide book drive benefits low-income children in San Joaquin County. Students, faculty and staff are invited to contribute new children's books geared to ages 3 - 9 at the collection area in the DeRosa University Center from Nov. 9 - Dec. 10. Books in Spanish are especially needed. Join with your unit or department and donate books on topics you're passionate about!

The Community Involvement Program (CIP) was established in 1969 to provide educational opportunities to the local community and diversify the University of the Pacific campus. More than 1,500 Stockton-area students have graduated from the program since its inception. CIP students are very involved in literacy efforts throughout the year, and — dressed as super heroes — distributed 2,295 books to children at the 20th annual Record Family Day at the Park in September.

Reach Out and Read San Joaquin is a local nonprofit that works with pediatricians to distribute books to children during routine check-ups. Doctors also are trained to talk with parents about early literacy and the importance of reading with their children. ROAR is aligned with the Beyond Our Gates early literacy campaign.

Below is a list of recommended new, age-appropriate titles that reflect our region's cultural diversity.

Picture books

Are We There Yet?  Dan Santat  
They All Saw a Cat  Brendan Wenzel  
Ada Twist, Scientist  Andrea Beatty  
Thunder Boy, Jr.  Sherman Alexie  
Maybe Something Beautiful  F. Isabel Campoy  
Be Quiet  Ryan T. Higgins  
A Perfect Day  Lane Smith  
The Princess and the Warrior  Duncan Tonatiuh    

Chapter Books  

The Wild Robot  Peter Brown  
See You in the Cosmos  Jack Cheng  
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author, Extraordinaire  Susan Tan  
Amina's Voice  Heda Khan  
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora  Pablo Cartaya