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25 Latino Craft Projects: Celebrating Culture in Your Library Series
Ana-Elba Pavon and Diana Borrego
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0833-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $36.00
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82 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0833-4
Year Published: 2003
Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Dead, Hispanic Heritage Month…

These Latin American celebrations—rich in cultural significance and Latin history—present opportunities throughout the calendar year to reach out to all populations with engaging programs and activities. The easy-to-organize projects in this book are organized around important Latino holidays and are inspired by artesenías (Latino folk art) traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. And, because each project is tied to literature, kids get the reading bug early!

With more than 75 detailed illustrations and step-by-step instructions for making masks, cornhusk dolls, beads, paper flowers, piñatas, and Incan headdresses, the creative activities in this book don't require expensive or hard-to-find materials. Also included are easy recipes for such delectables as tamales and gorditas. Each chapter includes an activity for preschoolers, after-schoolers (over 6 years old), and families (all ages). Related resources help you to turn each craft project into a comprehensive program by incorporating songs, poems, and books.

At their best, libraries can serve as a nucleus where people with different backgrounds and traditions can come together and learn from each other. While Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, this book acts as a powerful tool for reaching out to everyone—Latinos and non-Latinos alike. Use Borrego's and Pavon's tips on developing and publicizing unique cultural programs to make a lasting impression on your community.
Table of Contents


Part 1: Latino Craft Programming and Planning
     Craft Programming
     Craft Planning
     Using Recommended Books and Activities
Part 2: Day of the Child/Day of the Book/Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros: April 30
     Preschool Program: Straw Streamers
     After-School Program: Cascarones
     Family Program: Family Códice
     Family Program: Paper Beads
Part 3: Fifth of May/Cinco de Mayo: May 5
     Preschool Program: Chiles on a String
     After-School Program: Chile Pepper Magnet
     After-School Program: Tin Art
     Family Program: Oaxacan Sun
     Family Program: Making Gorditas
Part 4: Hispanic Heritage Month/Mes de la Herencia Hispana: September 15–October 15
     Preschool Program: Flags
          Costa Rica
          El Salvador
     After-School Program: Corn Husk Dolls
     Family Program: Incan Headdress
     Family Program: Incan Headband
Part 5: Day(s) of the Dead/Día(s) de los Muertos: November 1 and 2
     Preschool Program: Calavera Mask
     After-School Program: Day of the Dead Skull
     After-School Program: Day of the Dead Papel Picado
     Family Program: Skeleton Puppet
Part 6: Christmas/Navidad
     Preschool Program: Christmas Tree
     Preschool Program: Three Kings Silhouettes
     After-School Program: Ojos de Dios
     Family Program: Farolitos
     Family Program: Poinsettia Paper Flowers
          Christmas Punch/Ponche Navideño Recipe
Part 7: Everyday Crafts
     After-School Program: Paper Bag Piñata
     After-School Program: Papier-Mâché Balloon Piñata
     Family Program: Paper Flowers
          Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Flower-Flavored Water) Recipe
          Sweet Tamales Recipe
          Salsa Recipe
Appendix: Engrudo and Migajón
     Engrudo/Glue Recipe
     Migajón/Dough Recipe


About the Author
Ana-Elba Pavon is the children's services manager at the San Francisco Public Library's Mission branch. Not only does the Mission branch hold the city's largest Spanish collection but also it hosts weekly Spanish and bilingual story times. Active in Bibliotecas Para la Gente, her local REFORMA chapter, Pavon served as the Latino researcher for ALA's "Celebrate America's Diversity" initiative. She earned her master's degree in library and information science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Diana Borrego is a librarian at the San Jose Public Library and has thirteen years of experience behind her in children's and outreach services. She is active in Bibliotecas Para la Gente, her local REFORMA chapter. Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she came to the United States in 1961 and earned her master's degree in library science from San Jose State University.
“25 Latino Craft Projects combines easy-to-do crafts and related resources as the basis of a variety of library programs...This is a truly good addition to the craft book collection.”
—Catholic Library World

“...step-by-step guidance, along with detailed instructions and photographs for 25 craft projects that revolve around Latino holidays.”
Library Journal

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