Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WANTED: Bookstore Ambassadors

La Casa Azul Bookstore is seeking volunteers to assist with our Fall events: El Festival de la Palabra, Dia de los Muertos, Author Day... just to name a few!

Volunteers will be given the opportunity to work with a lively, creative team and meet a wide variety of visiting authors and guests. 

Rita Moreno vists La Casa Azul Bookstore!
Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to have direct contact with the general public while affecting change, excitement, and lasting memories in their community! Qualifications include strong communication skills, an outgoing personality, and an infectious passion for the written word. 

Volunteer schedule:

  • 4-8 hours a week (between 10am – 9pm)
  • 3 - 6 month commitment preferred
  • Our need for bookstore volunteers is based on the on-site/off-site event schedule.

If you are interested in being a volunteer - assisting with events or other activities, please submit the following information:

  • Answer to question: Why are you interested in volunteering at La Casa Azul Bookstore? Include any special skills that might be helpful (event planning experience, photographer, storyteller). Response should only be 1 page in length. 
  • Schedule information (days/hours available from Tuesday – Sunday between the hours of 10am – 9pm)

Though we are never at a loss for something to read, we can't wait to read your application!

ALL materials must be received by: Sunday, October 19 at 10:00pm, via email. 
Email: lucha.libros[at]gmail.com
Subject line: Bookstore ambassador (+ your name)


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hidden gems: The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Godin, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Feliz Tuesday everyone! 
What better way to enjoy the fall weather than by grabbing a good book and reading? 
This week we will be reading The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen written by Thelma Godin and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

 Kameeka has the hula-hoopin’ itch and wants to finally beat Jamara and claim the title of Hula Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street. Just as she is about to head out she is reminded by her mother of Miz Adeline’s birthday. Miz Adeline is like a grandmother to Kameeka. Should Kameeka get everything ready for Miz Adeline’s birthday party or go challenge Jamara for the hula hoopin’ crown?

There are several reasons I love this book. Like many other Lee & Low titles that focus on diversity , it features a strong female that is African American. Kameeka not only has spirit but is also relatable to any child that has ever had to choose between doing something for others or doing what they want to do. Thelma Godin also is able to show through Kameeka’s story how similar we can really be between generations as we find that Miz Adeline herself has the hula hoopin’ itch. Add the way Vanessa Brantley-Newton is able to capture the essence of Harlem in her vivid illustrations and you get a great book that is sure to give all who read it the urge to grab a hula hoop and join in the fun.

Love this book as much as we do?
On Thursday, October 16th from 4:00pm-6:00pm we will be having our annual Educator Open House. Jill Eisenburg, a Literacy Specialist from Lee & Low Books Inc. speak about how to integrate more diverse books into the classroom. 
Join us! Register for the free event via email: schools.lacasaazul@gmail.com 

- Galia, School Programs Coordinator