Join us on Thursday, November 1 from 4-4:45 p.m. as we discuss Felipa and the Day of the Dead, a children’s book by Birte Müller, as part of our monthly Book Worms book club. Book Worms is for children ages 5-8 who have registered here. The event includes reading the story and creating crafts that corresponds with the story’s theme. This month, we’ll also have a special guest speaker to tell us more about the customs of Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead, a centuries-old Mexican holiday celebrated around the world, is historically commemorated by family and friends gathering to remember and pray for deceased loved ones. In Felipa and the Day of the Dead, young Felipa is coping with the loss of her beloved abuela (grandmother). She finds comfort in the remembrance and celebration of her grandmother’s life during the Day of the Dead festivities. Jennifer Johnson, JCPL’s School Age Program Coordinator, says she chose this book because she tries to align programs with relevant happenings in the community or the world.
Jennifer also sees this book as a way to promote multicultural learning. She hopes that “children come away with a deeper appreciation and respect for different cultures. Whether you celebrate the Day of the Dead or not, I think that learning about different ways of life is always a positive.”
Book Worms meets the first Thursday of every month. The program consists of reading a story and doing an accompanying craft, activity, snack, or game. Jennifer says she “loves the program because it’s a great transitional program for kids who are aging out of storytime but aren’t quite ready for the older book clubs yet.”
For more information on Book Worms or other youth programs, contact Youth Services at 423-434-4458, or check out our online calendar.