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Providence Community Library Challenges Bilingual Children to Create Completely Original, Illustrated Story Books

Published Date: 
February 26, 2016
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A Panel of Judges Will Select Winners, Who Will be Honored at a Celebration on April 30

Providence Community Library (PCL) invites children ages 6-12 to write and illustrate an original story in English and Spanish, turn it into a real book and then submit it as an entry into PCL’s annual bilingual story-writing contest.  The Library is offering free story-writing, illustration and book binding workshops, taught by professional artists, to inspire the young authors and artists.  The closing date for entries is April 15.

The bilingual story-writing contest is a popular event on the PCL calendar. Last year, more than 50 children submitted original, hand-made books as they competed for prizes. The contest is just one element in a creative program of activities leading up to El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), a celebration of books and literacy that takes place every year at the end of April. PCL's commitment to providing high quality educational and cultural programming for Spanish speaking and bilingual children is vital for the city; according to data from the Providence Public School District, approximately 64 percent of the student population is Hispanic, 19 percent are English Language Learners and nearly 60 percent come from homes where English is not the primary language spoken.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

  • WRITING Workshop
    With children’s author/illustrator Kathren Housley
    Saturday, March 12 1:00P.M.-3:00P.M.
    Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
  • ILLUSTRATION Workshop
    With author/illustrator Kathren Housley
    Saturday, March 19 1;00P.M.-3:00P.M.
    Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence<
  • BOOKBINDING Workshop
    With multimedia sculptor and artist Lisa May
    (funded by Newport Art Museum)
    Saturday, March 26 10:30A.M.-12:30P.M.
    Mount Pleasant Library, 315 Academy Avenue, Providence

Prizes will be awarded in three age categories: 6-8 years, 9-10 years and 11-12 years. Winners of the contest will receive their prizes at a special Dia Day celebration at Knight Memorial Library on April 30, 2:00PM-5:00P.M.

To register for the workshops, contact Carolina Briones, PCL Latino Program Coordinator 401-467-2700 X1608 cbriones@provcomlib.org. Completed entries must reach Carolina at South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Avenue, Providence 02905 by April 15. Complete contest guidelines in English and Spanish, as well as information about other Día events, can be found here and on flyers at PCL locations.