Hello and welcome to Episode Thirty Three of Page Turn: the Largo Public Library Podcast. I’m your host, Hannah!
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The English Language Transcript can be found below
But as always we start with Reader’s Advisory!
The Reader’s Advisory for Episode Thirty Three is The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan. If you like The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida you should also check out: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow, and Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller.
My personal favorite Goodreads list The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida is on is Books Published in the Time of Corona.
Happy Reading Everyone
Today’s Library Tidbit comes to us from the Emily in the children’s department.
Starting in December you may have noticed some Animal Crossing New Horizons programs. Those are ramping up in January. You’ll see on the schedule of events that we will be having an Animal Crossing New Horizons program every Wednesday.
For anyone not familiar, Animal Crossing is a family of various games all with similar game play and characters. The first animal crossing was released in 2001 and since then there have been 5 games in the main series and 2 spin-off games. Game play is open-ended, there are no tasks that must be performed at any specific time. Although there are various tasks that the game gently encourages the player to get to.
Emily has built the library’s island. Children with Nintendo Switches, Animal Crossing New Horizons, and Nintendo Online Subscriptions can come visit the library’s island, Biblioteca, every Wednesday in January at 6pm. Biblioteca is library in Spanish! If you don’t have a Switch, Animal Crossing New Horizons or a Nintendo Online Subscription game play will be streamed on the Youth Services Facebook page. You will find a link to that page here.
Every Thursday at 4pm Emily will be posting tutorial 101 videos on the Youth Services Facebook page. These videos will teach the basics of Animal Crossing. How to take advantage of turnip sales, how to time travel, how to design a cool island, and so much more.
And now it’s time for Book Traveler, with Victor:
Intro: Welcome to Book Traveler. My name is Victor and I am a librarian at the Largo Public Library. Today I am going to talk to you about a new book that we have in the Spanish collection called Las Caras Lindas by Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro. Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro was born in Puerto Rico in 1970. She teaches Creative Writing workshops in San Juan and has been the recipient of several national and international literary awards. She runs the cultural chronicle from her blog Boreales.
Synopsis: Las Caras Lindas is a tribute book that takes its title from the well-known song composed by Catalino “Tite” Curet Alonso and popularized by the voice of Ismael ‘Maelo’ Rivera, a Puerto Rican singer who highlighted our Puerto Rican blackness through music. In this book, texts by Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro have been gathered that reflect her feelings on the still controversial issue of the black race, which for years has divided the Island of Puerto Rico. The goal of these narratives is to reflect on the contributions and deficiencies that racial inequality has conferred on us to date. From the overthrow of racial and phenotypic stereotypes, the exposure of linguistic racism, exclusion and class divisions, the denial of ancestry and the visibility of poverty, this reading immerses us in the exercise of denunciation to achieve a country with greater racial justice.
Opinion: The book is short, easy to read, but with many stories that will make you think and reflect on the many things that we have to improve as a society. The book consists of different stories from the perspective of a Black Puerto Rican. The stories display all the difficulties and micro and macro aggressions that are experienced day by day on the island. One of my favorite stories was the one of the character called Negra. Many people questioned her name and even asked her if she was sure that was her name. The character reflects that how is it possible that a name like Negra can be so controversial when the name Blanca in Spanish is so common. Negra in Spanish means black, and blanca means white. It is a highly recommended book.
Outro: That is all for today. Until the next episode of Book Traveler. Goodbye.
For everyone interested our intro music is by Break the Bans and the outro music is by Jahzzar, both artists can be found on Free Music Archive.