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Exciting News About RI Latino Books Month 2016!

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RI Latino Arts (RILA) receives grants from the Episcopal Charities Fund and Coastway Community Bank to expand May is Latino Books Month • RI.

Funds will allow RILA to bring nationally acclaimed Latino authors and illustrators to Rhode Island to further inspire reading, and also to be role models for children by showing that writing, illustrating and reading are not only important tools in education but that these are also professions for which youth can aspire.

In 2014, RILA launched the first ever celebration of May is Latino Books Month • RI to promote books by and for Latinos, and to promote and encourage literacy: the reading of books in both English and Spanish by children and their parents. In the past two years, RILA has successfully reached over 300 young people and their families through schools and libraries by encouraging them to read and by providing a list of bilingual books.

“Latino Books Month RI Celebrates Great Latino Authors & Artists" is designed to motivate inner city Latino students about art and literacy through direct contact with nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators,” said Marta V. Martínez, RILA Executive Director. “Thanks to a grant from the Episcopal Charities Fund and also from Costal Community Bank, students at Shea High School, the Veterans Memorial Dual Language School in Central Falls and Sophia Academy in Providence will explore books by Meg Medina, recipient of the Pura Belpré YA award, and Christina Rodriguez, Providence-based Latina illustrator and then have the chance to meet them and engage in writing and art/illustration workshops.”

Medina and Rodriguez will attend the closing of May is Latino Books Month at the Pawtucket Public Library on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 1-3:30 pm to engage in a panel discussion about writing and illustrating and to meet a broad sector of our local community.

Click here to read more about our invited authors for RI Latino Books Month 2016


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