Updated: Sep 25, 2021
My name is Nicholas Fernandez, and I am a Corpus Christi native. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 2012, and I am currently beginning my journey for a Master’s program in Management of Library and Information Sciences Distance Learning through the University of Southern California.
I have always had a deep affinity to books from an early childhood, and I can remember my mom taking the time to read many stories with me before bed which really connected literature and the concept of love for me. I was fortunate enough to be able to explore many different worlds, and areas of study because of my wide range of materials that I enjoy. In undergrad I initially started as a Neuroscience/Psychology major, and even entertained the idea of biblical scholar for a while.
I have had such a wonderful connection with literature and learning throughout my childhood, but when I look around youths today that struggle to read at their age level or have great imaginations without a way to direct their underlying passion and vision. I want to be able to give the freedom of a child to dream, to question, and to develop a sense of purpose through education.
Education has always been the greatest tool, I believe, to help individuals grow and identify a true sense of purpose. I, as a BIPOC individual, understand that in order for us to be heard and represented at the biggest decision tables we must first understand the immense power that we can gain from literature. I have been looking for a way in which I could better serve my community, and the developing youth in it, when a close personal friend of mine sent me the link to this group in my community; and I knew instantly that I was destined to join and help in any way possible.
The Traveling Library CCTX is always looking for volunteers. We also take monetary gifts and donations of gently used books--anything from board books to young adult! If you wish to make a donation, please reach out to us at thetravelinglibrarycctx.com.