Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pura Belpre: celebrating a storyteller's legacy at La Casa Azul Bookstore

You are invited to the Pura Belpré celebration!
Thursday, February 6 - Saturday, February 8, 2014

Join us as we celebrate Pura Belpré, the woman and her legacy.  
Pura Belpré advocated for bilingual literacy as well as created diverse programming centered around  Latino culture, and was the first Puerto Rican librarian to work for the New York Public Library system.

Day 1: Workshop for educators
Thursday, February 6, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
We will learn about Pura Belpré's life and work, and about the Pura Belpré award.
A discussion on the current trends in bilingual literacy and how to further our implementation in school programming will be lead by bookstore staff and Marilisa Jimenez-Garcia, Ph.D., Research Associate, Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.
Pura Belpré award winning books will be available.  
Educators with a valid school ID will receive 20% off all book purchases.  
Regiser by emailing:

Day 2: Movie screening
Pura Belpré: Storyteller
Friday February 7, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The documentary captures the spirit and essence of Pura Belpré, storyteller, pioneer librarian and author of Puerto Rican folktales for children.
Screening and Q&A; light refreshments provided

Day 3: Pura Belpré Family Day!
Saturday, February 8, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Celebrate Pura Belpré through what she was known best for: storytelling!
Join us as we share in story time as well as children's activities such as puppet-making and book-making. Through these activities we will pay homage to Pura Belpré's legacy and pass the torch to the next generation.

An temporary exhibit "Pura Belpré in her own words", will be on display at La Casa Azul Bookstore from Wednesday February 5 - Sunday, February 9, as part of the celebration.  
This exhibit chronicles Pura's professional life, the captions and quotations in this exhibit are from her words as they appear in her papers and interviews. The exhibit is in partnership with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

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