Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2015 Summer Saturday Concert Series

Are you looking for a venue to showcase your awesome talent? We want to hear from you! 

La Casa Azul Bookstore is looking for musicians & artists to play at our Summer Saturday Concert Series!
All interested musical artists are encouraged to apply

We are looking for a diverse line-up for our concert series, but all acts must be family friendly as the events are for people of all ages.

Complete the online form by Sunday, May 10th, at 6:00pm.

Local band, Radio Jarocho


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Call for interns at La Casa Azul Bookstore -- Spring/Summer 2015!

La Casa Azul Bookstore is currently looking for a few good interns who wish to learn the ins and outs of running a business while enriching lives through reading, writing, and the power of books!

All internships are unpaid, but there are a number of great perks, including free books, flexible hours, fun-loving co-workers, and more. Most importantly, you will learn the ins and outs of working at both a bookstore, and a locally-owned, independent business. Plus, it will earn you a number of professional contacts, and looks great on a resume!

The 3 internship positions are:

Join the La Casa Azul Bookstore team!

The internship is from mid-March to July, 2015 

Opportunities are available for undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates who are considering careers in the arts, education, marketing and publishing. College credit may be arranged.

Deadline to submit internship applications for Spring is Sunday March 1st, 6pm
Email: lucha.libros[at]gmail.com

Desired qualities/skills for ALL interns:
-       Dynamic, self-motivated, outgoing, highly organized individual with good research skills, including exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and capacity for working with diverse populations.
-       Ease with technology is a must, including knowledge of MS Excel, Word, and social media (Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter).
-       Bilingual (English & Spanish proficiency).
-       Must bring your own laptop to work

ALL applicants must submit:
1. Creative cover letter
2. Resume (with 2 references)
3. Answer to question: Why are you interested in an internship at La Casa Azul Bookstore (1 page max, separate from cover letter)
4. Schedule information

The School Programs Intern will assist with the development and implementation of new outreach strategies to teachers, principals, parents/parent coordinators and education-oriented organizations. Tasks will include assist in the conducting of school visits, updating educator card membership database, research of children’s books and other projects as assigned.
The ideal candidate has an interest in education, the New York City Public School system and the arts.
College student preferred, 3rd/4th year

Hours: 12 – 16 hours per week, March – July 2015
School Programs Intern must be available 10:00am – 6:00pm (Tuesday – Saturday)
Email: lucha.libros[at]gmail.com
Subject line: SCHOOL PROGRAMS INTERN (Spring/Summer 2015)

Assist in Marketing/Public Relations for store events.
Requirement: must demonstrate proficiency in social media platforms.
Tasks may include but are not limited to: assisting with the promotion of various events, and a variety of in-house communications, processing and archiving media coverage; and offering creative input in developing pitches. Additional support with marketing initiatives as needed.

Hours: 8 -12 hours per week, March – July 2015
Marketing Intern must be available 2:00pm – 8:00pm (Tuesday – Saturday)
Email: lucha.libros[at]gmail.com
Subject line: MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN (Spring/Summer 2015)

La Casa Azul Bookstore is currently accepting applications for the position of Gallery Curator Assistant to support in exhibit installations and programming, as well as the development of gallery artist network.

Responsibilities include: 
Build a network/ database of artists for potential art shows. 
Draft blog and press releases related to exhibits featured in gallery. 
Assist in installation/de-installation of art. 
Assist in planning and execution community programming related to exhibitions. 

In addition to the cover letter, essay and references, applicants for the Curatorial Intern position must also submit the following:
1) How are the arts important to community? (one page or less) 
2) What is your connection to art community? (one page or less)
3) Submit an image of art piece that inspires you and tell us why.

Hours:  8 hours per week, March – July 2015
Curatorial Intern must be available 2:00pm – 8:00pm (Tuesday – Saturday)
Email: lucha.libros[at]gmail.com
Subject line: CURATORIAL INTERN (Spring/Summer 2015)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

La Casa Azul Bookstore is a Mission Main Street® Grants recipient!

NEW YORK, January 21, 2015

Today Chase announced that 20 small businesses will each receive $150,000 Mission Main Street® Grants to help them thrive.  
Chase's grant program provides an opportunity for 20 small business owners to take their businesses to new heights by receiving an equal share of $3 million in grant funds. Also, all eligible applicants received access to a free marketing toolkit containing useful information and assets to help them promote their small businesses more effectively.

Nearly 25,000 business owners from all 50 states submitted applications for this year's Mission Main Street Grants program, and more than 1.6 million votes were cast for participating small businesses. A diverse team of small business experts selected the grant recipients from the group of eligible businesses that received at least 250 votes.

"At the heart of La Casa Azul Bookstore is the diverse literature and cultural programming that makes the bookstore such a unique place in New York City," said Aurora Anaya-Cerda owner of La Casa Azul Bookstore. "The Mission Main Street Grant provides us with the opportunity to expand on the programs and book selection we offer students, families, writers and readers. Being a grant recipient has already changed our lives and we are grateful to Chase for recognizing small businesses like La Casa Azul Bookstore that impact neighborhoods, contribute to the economy and enrich communities."

La Casa Azul Bookstore invites customers and supporters to celebrate with us!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

12:00pm - 4:00pm

For more information please visit MissionMainStreetGrants.com, like Chase on Facebook and follow the conversation with #MissionMainSt and @ChaseSmallBiz and @LaCasaAzulBooks. 
For information about La Casa Azul Bookstore, visit: http://www.lacasaazulbookstore.com/

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Children’s books we love!

Happy New Year!
What better way to settle in for the winter in this New Year than by reading great children's books?

In keeping with the winter theme one book I highly recommend is "Iguanas in the Snow" by Francisco Xavier Alarcón. In this beautifully rendered picture book Alarcón uses poetry to convey images of winter, of snow and of the closeness of a family and a neighborhood during the winter season. 
The bright colors and images illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez show that winter isn't nearly as dreary as we think it to be, but rather filled with the warmth of feeling.
Another book I would keep an eye out for is "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. In it CJ, like all children, questions his grandmother about their circumstances. His grandmother, rather than brushing off these questions uses them to make CJ see his surrounding in a new light. With this CJ comes to appreciate what they have and takes heart in the small moments like a bus ride to Market Street.

Copies of these two books can be purchased from our online store

Save the date!
Book reading and signing with Matt de la Peña, author of "Last Stop on Market Street"
Saturday, January 17, 2015
12:00pm - 1:30pm
La Casa Azul Bookstore is thrilled to feature Children's Book Illustrators Christian Robinson and Angela Dominguez in our first gallery exhibit of 2015! 
This gallery exhibits kicks off our year of Children's Book Illustrators, highlighting illustrators from our favorite books for the entire year.

- Galia, School Programs Coordinator