Mission, Texas- The City of Alton and Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) had a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 to officially open a new digital library. This is a joint venture that will be a first-of-its-kind in the Rio Grande Valley has been named the City of Alton Digi-Tech Library located inside the Mission Collegiate High School library.
City and district officials are excited by what this joint effort represents and many were in attendance at the ceremony to celebrate this endeavor. The Digi-Tech Library represents a whole new approach to reading and provides an array of online books that are available to those that visit.
“For many years the City of Alton has been waiting for a Public Library of their own,” explained Steve Pena, CEO of City of Alton Development Corporation. “It’s been a long time coming and now the day has come that Alton will have its first Digital Library Concept. This ushers in a new era of technology to the youth and citizens of Alton that so desperately need and deserve these tools to become self-empowered and continue to be successful in life. Thanks to our collaborative efforts with the Mission Consolidated School District and the City of Alton, and their combined vision of our youth and the residents of Alton, we are moving to the next level of service. Moving Alton Forward by Bridging the Digital Divide.”
The City of Alton has been one of the main partners in Mission CISD’s literacy efforts that include the Mission CISD Reads initiative that brought a free online digital library resource to anyone living in the Mission CISD community. This resource will be a key component of the new Digi-Tech Library.
“The Digi-Tech Library really does take our collaborative approach to improving literacy to the next level,” said Cris Valdez, Mission CISD interim superintendent. “We hope it helps provide a solid foundation for further growth in our communities by providing an easily accessible resource for the Alton area.”
It is hoped that the Digi-Tech Library will help improve literacy rates of the area by providing access to digital library resources; provide GED and ESL classes, as well as basic technology skills training for residents.
The City of Alton Digi-Tech Library at Mission Collegiate High School will be open Monday-Friday, 5:00-8:00 p.m.; and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.