Library News: Abington Community Library celebrates Italian-American immigrants

Library News - Laura Gardoski | March 14th, 2016 4:22 pm

The Abington Community Library is pleased to announce a partnership with SIAMO NEPA for a special event in honor of St. Joseph’s feast day. St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of Italian-Americans and of immigrants. Come and enjoy a traditional Italian-American celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19.

This St. Joseph’s Day Italian heritage celebration will include a reading of “Strega Nona” by Tomie dePaola for kids, children’s crafts, a showing of clips from PBS’s “The Italian-Americans,” and an Italian-American food potluck. Registration is not required. However, if you would like to bring food to the potluck, sign up at the Abington Community Library or call SIAMO NEPA at 570-290-7212.

The annual Friends of the Abington Community Library Spring Book Sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Clarks Summit Methodist Church. Browse thousands of adult and children’s books, talking books, and DVDs. The Friends Preview Sale will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday April 8 for Friends members exclusively after set-up. Not a current member? Join or renew your membership Friday evening for $10 per individual or $15 per family.

While you are at the book sale, be sure and stop by the Abington Community Library’s Teen Leadership Committee table. The ACL-TLC sponsors unique children’s programs throughout the year such as Sanskrit Class, LEGO Club, Crafters’ Club, creative arts workshops, and All Aboard the Polar Express. Many of our big events and fundraisers would not run as smoothly without their help and creativity. Support their work by purchasing snacks and baked goods.

Discover resources on the Italian-American experience at the library. The following books are available through the Lackawanna County Library System:

• “The Italian Experience in America: A Pictorial History” by Michael DiMichele

More than 5,000,000 Italians have immigrated to the United States. Although most came in the latter part of the 19th and the early 20th centuries, Italians have played a long and enduring role in American History.

• “An Italian Wife” by Ann Hood

In turn-of-the-century Italy, 14-year-old Josephine is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn’t know or love who is about to depart for America.

• “La Storia: 5 Centuries of the Italian-American Experience” by Jerre Mangione and Ben Morreale

A comprehensive account of the Italian American immigration, combining historical research with personal narratives of the immigrants themselves and their descendants.

• “Paesani: Italian Culture in America”

This film honors Italian heritage through a blend of first-person story-telling, never-before-seen images and commentary.

• “Prisoners Among Us: Italian-American Identity and World War II”

This film explores Italian ethnicity in America.

Library News

Laura Gardoski

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