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An Afternoon with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

On Saturday, September 30th, Biblioteca Criolla was the proud host of author, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’ new book “Daughters of the Stone” This is a lyrical powerful debut novel about a family of Afro–Puerto Rican women detailing their physical and spiritual journey.  

"Beautifully written saga of five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican descent that shows all of their power, resilience and vulnerability. The stone in the title, along with some powers of magic are passed along from female to female among the descendants of Fela, an African women sold into slavery in Puerto Rico. Relationships between mothers and daughters are fully explored here with all the complications that entails. While some turn their back on the magic and "old ways" of their ancestors, the stories and the stone always endure and the generations are brought full circle in their journey."
--Uptown Literati

This book launch was very unique for it was also a debut art exhibit for local artist Miosoty Estrella and musician, Hector Peralta. The program was educational & entertaining.

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Endless Summer Fundraiser

Check out all the fun during our Endless Summer Fundraiser @ Parlay Studios.

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Field Station: Dinosaurs

Dino the Dinosaur, Fred Flintstone’s loveable pet, was nowhere to be seen.

Guitar-playing Dinosaur Troubadour came, instead, to the Bonetti Children’s Room at the Main Library on Thursday, July 18, singing his heart out while teaching the children who attended about dinosaurs. Four representatives from Field Station: Dinosaurs, a seasonal amusement park in Laurel Hill County Park, Secaucus, entertained the children and their caretakers who kept streaming in, creating a standing room audience of, at the very least, 200 people.

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Little Stars Come Out to Receive Their 2013 Story Hour Awards at Biblioteca Criolla on May 21st & 23rd

Biblioteca Criolla culminated its Spring 2013 Preschool Story Hour sessions with a special program and recognition award ceremony held on Tuesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 23rd. With 54 children and 29 adults attending over the two sessions, these special ceremonies filled La Criolla with smiles, laughter and the happy noise that comes from so many people!

Ms. Beatriz Urrutia, new to Biblioteca Ciolla, has been enriching its story time sessions, and she has gained a following of eager parents, nannies and daycare providers to our sessions.  Beatriz reads stories that not only educate but engage Criolla’s little participants with enthusiasm and love.

At the May 21 & 23 ceremonies, Biblioteca Criolla Staff wanted their little patrons that come every Tuesday and Thursday to feel extra special. After singing their favorite songs in Spanish, finger plays and a little dancing, the children were awarded a medal and a certificate.  Assistant Library Director Sonia Araujo was invited to help award our participants, with this award, it is hoped, being the first of many they will be given throughout their academic lives. The happy faces of the children receiving the awards were priceless!

Read more: Little Stars Come Out to Receive Their 2013 Story Hour Awards at Biblioteca Criolla on May 21st & 23rd


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