Sunday, November 14, 2010

Caturday, Every Day

My cat finally got some catnip!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Call for Food Donations-Thanksgiving in El Barrio (NYC)

Call for Food Donations (Thanksgiving) 

El Museo del Barrio and Comité Noviembre have partnered up to host the 16th Annual Day of Community Service & Social Responsibility, taking place on Sunday, November 21, 2010. On this day, we will distribute food care packages to 75 pre-selected underserved families from El Barrio at El Museo's El Taller in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

We are currently collecting food donations for qualifying families, and hope you'll help us support this wonderful cause by donating canned foods or other non-perishable items.

Donations can be dropped off at El Museo's office before Friday, November 19, located on the 3rd floor of 1230 5th Avenue at 104th Street. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm.

To learn more about Comité Noviembre, please visit their website at http://comitenoviembre.org/English

If you have any questions and/or inquiries, please contact volunteer coordinators:
Kariela Almonte: kalmonte@elmuseo.org
Emmanuel von Arx: evonarx@elmuseo.org

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Puerto Rican Youth are the Most Disadvantaged in NYC

Puerto Ricans ages 16 to 24 have the lowest rates of school enrollment and employment, and the highest rates of poverty among Latino New Yorkers. Puerto Rican men are more than twice as likely as their Mexican peers to be out of school and out of the labor force. Puerto Rican women are more likely to be out of school and unemployed than Dominican or Mexican women. The findings, culled from the Census Bureau’s annual surveys from 2006 to 2008, show that Puerto Rican youth are the most disadvantaged of all comparable groups, including young black men, in New York, the report said.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Gabriel Garcia Marquez News: Two New Books

"Yo no vengo a decir un discurso," (I Didn't Come to Give a Speech) is a compilation of 22 speeches Garcia has given throughout his life - is available in Spain and Latin America. His latest novel "En agosto nos vemos," whose title in English means "We'll Meet in August," is being completed now and awaits a publishing date.

Monday, November 01, 2010

The Afro-Latin@ Reader - WNYC's next Black & Latino Literary Salon

Don't miss WNYC's next Black & Latino Literary Salon, a collaboration with The Studio Museum! The Afro-Latin@ Reader sheds light on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Join editors Juan Flores and Miriam Jiménez Román for a conversation-in-the-round about Afro-Latino identity of Black Latinos in the United States.

Moderated by Celeste Headlee, co-host of The Takeaway.
Date: Sunday, Nov 14
Time: 3pm
Location:
Studio Museum in Harlem
144 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027
Click here to RSVP: rsvp@nypublicradio.org

New Book Community: YouAreWhatYouRead.com

Youarewhatyouread.com, was launched last week by Scholastic, and has a niche angle in terms of book communities. Here the focus is on what 5 books most influenced members and you can check out notable profiles like those of Bill Gates to Whoopi Goldberg.

The site is very kid friendly and users can log in without creating an account, they can log in with their facebook/Google... accounts or their Scholastic account. There doesn't seem to be any real community building aspect yet, you can't follow/friend other users or reach out to them but you can observe what books most influenced them or which ones they have in common.This might change soon since there is a feature to 'add a bookmate' but it wasn't clear to me how to do this.
Another [cool] feature, called Pass It On, lets users suggest books to others, and the map feature shows the places people are who have put a particular book on their profile. There is not a "buy" button on any book page. The site has a separate community for young readers with kid-friendly activities and information about books. In the future, Scholastic will update the site with new features, including Book Buzz, a live feed of comments, news, and reviews.

 
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