11am–6pm: Word Up's 8th Birthday Party
Stop by all day for our birthday celebration where there will be food, drinks, and fun. See below for specific activities, and join us at 4:30pm for cake! *Please note that we will be closing at 6pm as usual.*
11am–12pm: Hora del cuento con Alexis Ruginis y Mariel Escalante
¿Dónde está el coquí?
Explora Latinoamérica y el Caribe mientras aprendes sobre animales, verbos y números con el coquí, una ranita cantante de Puerto Rico.
Explore Latin America and the Caribbean while learning about animals, verbs, and numbers with the coquí, a small singing frog from Puerto Rico.
1–2pm: Why Are Our Skin Colors So Different: Interactive Mask-Making Workshop
Recommended for ages 6–9. RSVP requested (includes $5 materials fee): http://tinyurl.com/differenter
When your child begins to observe differences in skin color, don't their questions warrant straight-forward responses? Jyoti Gupta’s book does just that by introducing skin color to children in a healthy way. Different Differenter: An Activity Book about Skin Color takes you on a playful discovery to find answers that work for your family—while thoughtfully introducing facts and boundary-setting words. Anti-bias and diversity educators are calling it "provocative and sensitive," "a culturally-relevant discussion guide," and "positive and nonjudgmental."
Join the author for an interactive, hands-on, mask-making workshop. Your child will participate in a discussion about skin colors, learn about adaptation, a process that began 10,000 years ago, and enjoy making a mask. The idea is to create a participatory, active learning environment where they can co-create messaging about skin colors.
Jyoti Gupta is a multi-disciplinary practitioner-scholar, social-justice media maker, and a media-literacy educator. Her independent work on the subject of colorism has garnered support from parents, scholars, elementary schools educators. She has represented her work at TEDxWomen and Jaipur Literary Festival, South Asia's largest literary event. JyotiGupta.org.
2:30–4pm: Dominican Writers Book Club in collaboration with Word Up: Soledad
Dominican Writers is convening a new book club! In anticipation of Angie Cruz's Dominicana, which is forthcoming in September 2019, DW and Word Up are teaming up for the June selection: Soledad by Angie Cruz. Bring your copy, or purchase one at the shop or at wordupbooks.com. While you are at it, preorder a copy of Dominicana today!
4:30pm: Cake cutting to celebrate 8 years of Word Up!