Celebrating Dia de los Muertos at Biblioteca Criolla
Celebrating Día de los Muertos at Biblioteca Criolla by Encouraging Peaceful Actions
Biblioteca Criolla, the Spanish language department at the Main Library, was honored to join in the first annual city-wide celebration of “Día de los Muertos Jersey City,” which is invested in cultural arts, community wellness, creative healing and the promotion of peace – in response to the recent upsurge in violence in the area. This programming was held from Friday, November 1 through Thursday, November 7, with Criolla’s program being held on the last day.
Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a Latin-American tradition that began in Mexico. It celebrates life and death, viewing it as a transition to a higher level of consciousness, while honoring those who have passed. Día de los Muertos is celebrated on November 1, in direct correlation with the Christian celebrations of “All Saints Day,” and on November 2, “All Souls Day.”
Bonnie the Magic Lady Performed to Captivated Children
Biblioteca Criolla hosted a special program titled “Miss Bonnie the Magic Lady Harvest Celebration” for our Story Hour patrons Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
The children were mesmerized by the unique talents of Bonnie Corcia, the Magic Lady. Miss Bonnie used her puppets to capture the attention of not just the children, but of all adults present. With simple humor, The Magic Lady and her colorful puppets shared elementary concepts such as the alphabet to educate subtly. Seasonal songs and movement added to the children’s enthusiasm as the young audience became involved in participation. The children were also treated to a photo-taking session with Miss Bonnie and the staff of Biblioteca Criolla.
A packed attendance, totaling 48 children and 32 adults, was comprised of children from day care centers and walk-in mommies and nannies.
History Hunters: Aceti Family of Jersey City Donates 5 Archival Ledgers from 19th Century
Trick or treat! No, this isn’t a library Halloween trick… It’s a treat, especially for history buffs.
The New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library received a special donation on Tuesday, October 22nd when five archival ledgers from the 19th century were donated by the Aceti family’s five siblings – Peter Jr., Harry, Robert, Jerome and Michael – who were all born and raised in Jersey City.
BACKGROUND: Jerome Aceti (grandfather of the five brothers) gave the five ledgers to his son, Peter Aceti Sr., at age 15 (65 years ago, in 1948, after World War II). Peter had no idea from where the books had come; only that his father was in construction, as a mason. Historically, books and other paper items were stored in walls as a rudimentary form of insulation prior to modern-day fiber glass insulation. The influx of soldiers coming home from the war produced many home-buyers, using the G.I. Bill for purchase. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that a mason working on these homes would find history in the walls as insulation.
An Afternoon with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
On Saturday, September 30th, Biblioteca Criolla was the proud host of author, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’ new book “Daughters of the Stone” This is a lyrical powerful debut novel about a family of Afro–Puerto Rican women detailing their physical and spiritual journey.
"Beautifully written saga of five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican descent that shows all of their power, resilience and vulnerability. The stone in the title, along with some powers of magic are passed along from female to female among the descendants of Fela, an African women sold into slavery in Puerto Rico. Relationships between mothers and daughters are fully explored here with all the complications that entails. While some turn their back on the magic and "old ways" of their ancestors, the stories and the stone always endure and the generations are brought full circle in their journey."
This book launch was very unique for it was also a debut art exhibit for local artist Miosoty Estrella and musician, Hector Peralta. The program was educational & entertaining.
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