Posts by Tata, Children's Librarian

African American Tradition

The African American tradition of storytelling helps bring together collective experiences and wisdom through well-known characters and stories as in the ones selected here. Enjoy these stories of hope, humor, kindness, cleverness, and more. Jump! The Adventures of Brer Rabbit, by Joel Chandler Harris “The folktales collected by Harris from former slaves at the end-of-the-century constitute a valuable contribution to African American folklore. The illustrations, full-page portraits of the character and their antics, are in pen-and-ink and watercolors. They match the text in humor and vigor.”—School Library Journal The Headless Haunt and Other African-American Ghost Stories, by James Haskins “A
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Categories: Authors & Books, Evergreen, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

This event has already taken place. To learn more about Chinese New Year, click here. Chinese mythology tells us the order of the animals on the Chinese Zodiac was decided according to the order of arrival on the Great Race, organized by the Jade Emperor a long time ago. The Rat won the race and earned first place on the zodiac. The Year of the Rat is then a year of beginnings and renewals. Join us as we welcome the Year of the Rat with a family storytime on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. For children 3+ and their
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Reading Around the World: Chinese New Year

With Tata's “Reading Around the World” book picks, younger patrons and their families will enjoy reading about the different cultural celebrations around the world. Easy holiday Picture Books and easy Folklore stories will introduce young readers to the world outside the U.S. This month you can learn about Chinese New Year. Simply click on a title or cover to place it on hold. Chinese New Year is celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar and falls on Saturday, January 25 this year. This begins the Year of the Rat. The Rat is considered the first animal of the Chinese Zodiac. Therefore,
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Categories: Authors & Books, Evergreen, Kids, and Library News.

Groundhog Day Books for Younger Readers

Groundhog Day is observed on February 2nd each year. This date marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice in December and the Spring Equinox in March. According to the Farmers' Almanac, “If he [the Groundhog] sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter; if he doesn't, it'll be six weeks till spring.” Below you'll find a variety of books for younger readers to help them understand the holiday and what groundhogs have to do with the changing of the seasons. Will Spring Be Early? Or Will Spring Be Late? by Crockett Johnson “Misled by an artificial flower,
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Día de Reyes / Three Kings Day

This post is now expired. For information on upcoming Trove programs, please visit our online calendar. Three Kings Day, or Día de Reyes is celebrated all over Latin America. Every country celebrates differently, but the basics of the holiday is this: Each January 5th, children prepare to receive the Three Kings and their camels by gathering food for the animals and writing letters. The letters can be mailed beforehand or written on the very night of the Kings' arrival. The food for the camels might be placed on a shoe box, in a basket, or even inside shoes underneath the
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Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Learn about this Hindu tradition celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Also known as The Festival of Lights, people celebrate by singing, dancing, lighting the oil lamp diya, and embellishing their homes with beautiful decorations called Rangolis. Join us and enjoy songs, dances, coloring, and delicious Indian delicacies generously provided by several families from our community. Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m.
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Categories: Events.

Mayta Visita la Ciudad de los Incas

Escuche  el cuento Mayta Visita la Ciudad de los Incas. Usando su imaginación, visite con nosotros la ciudad mágica de Machu Pichu. Disfrute el baile tradicional andino Valicha. Haga una máscara Inca para llevar a casa. Habrá copias del libro disponibles para la venta. Un programa en español para toda la familia. El domingo 11 de octubre a las 2:00 p.m. ~~~ Come listen to the story Mayta Visita la Ciudad de los Incas. Take an imaginary trip to the magic city of Machu Pichu. Enjoy the traditional Andean dance called Valicha. Make an Incan mask to take home. Copies
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Categories: Authors & Books, Español, Events, Kids, and Library Foundation.

Celebrate Diwali with Us!

Learn about Indian culture in this children's program! Join us to celebrate Diwali with our Indian community. Also known as “Festival of Lights”, Diwali is a Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good versus evil. The Library will hold a celebration on Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy Indian dancing, crafts, and food generously donated by Royal Palace Restaurant. Thanks to the Kumar Family for all their help organizing this event. (Photo By Ashish Kanitkar [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
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Day of the Dead Craft Series: Make Your Own Altar

Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos is a holiday based on Ancient Aztec, Mayan and Catholic traditions, and is primarily celebrated in Mexico and Central America on the 1st and 2nd of November. Families gather together to celebrate and honor family members and friends who have died. Some of the holiday’s traditions include creating altars honoring the deceased and visiting the graves of loved ones. If you and your child (grades 2-6) would like to create an altar celebrating a beloved family member or friend, join us for our 3-session craft series which will be taking place
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Bilingual Family Night

Whether you and your child speak Spanish, English or something else, all are welcome to our monthly bilingual family night! Join us for this storytime in English and Spanish for children ages 3+ and their families. We will listen to Delicious Hullaballoo / Pachanga Deliciosa, by Pat Mora. This beautifully illustrated story talks about friends, family, food and fun.  Do you know what you need to do to celebrate a great pachanga? Come find out and keep the pachanga going all through summer!  
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