Happenings | Updates from RILA

Celia Pérez Visits RILA's La Galería del Pueblo


On Friday, May 18, 2018 we inaugurated our new space in Central Falls with a standing-room-only reception for Celia E. Pérez, author of The First Rule of Punk. The book was selected by both Rhode Island Latino Arts and the Rhode Island Center for Book for Kids Reading Across Rhode Island summer reading program.


Latino Books Month | Rhode Island, started by RILA’s Executive Director, is now in its fifth year. We aim to promote reading among Latino families, and to encourage young people to become writers or book illustrators. Celia’s visit marks a turning point in this statewide celebration as we move to extend our efforts to year-long reading activities, with Latino young people at the center of our programs.

Maria Cotto
To formalize this program, we have appointed Maria Cotto, Children’s Librarian at the Pawtucket Public Library, as the Latino Books Month Coordinator. Maria has been a tireless volunteer and supporter of Latino Books Month since it was founded, and we are so grateful for her commitment! Please join us in welcoming Maria to our organization!

Because Maria’s post is as a volunteer, she will be looking to establish a committee to assist her in planning and organizing future activities — please contact her at mcotto@pawtucketlibrary.org if you are interested. We have some very exciting activities on the burner for next year, focusing on Latino books, authors and illustrators, and we promise you will not be disappointed!

For more information about the history of
Latino Books Month or RILA’s programs, contact Marta V. Martínez, RILA’s Executive Director.

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