PECO Family Jams: One Book, One Philadelphia presents Alma and How She Got Her Name

Event Details

Event Date

Event Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022

Event Time

Event Time: 12:00 PM - to 4:00 PM

Event Description

The Free Library marks the 20th anniversary of One Book, One Philadelphia with their children’s book selection Alma and How She Got Her Name. This marvelous debut by Peruvian author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal follows a small girl who learns to embrace her big name — Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela — through a rich family history. Visitors will be invited to make hojalata name plates.

Hojalata, or tin art, is a folk art tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation throughout Latin America. Colored and embossed tin has been used to make playful decorations as well as sacred symbols for home altars and cathedrals since the 16th century. Punched tin evolved in the 1800s, becoming a popular style for intricate mirror and picture frames. Visitors may try variations on both techniques and discover authentic examples of hojalata in Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

We will be reading Alma and How She Got Her Name at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. For more information on the unique connection between PMG and Latin American folk art, family-friendly tours will be offered at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

PECO Family Jams are PMG’s one-of-a-kind, family-oriented programs, featured every second Sunday of the month between NOON and 4:00 PM. No reservations are required for PECO Family Jams, but admission tickets should be purchased in advance here.

Location Details

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Address for Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Magic Gardens Front

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