Bay Ridge Library will host the World Language Family Festival, a family-friendly celebration of Brooklyn’s diversity and immigrant heritage. The day will begin with Baby Tarab, a program for young children featuring music, songs and dance. Author and illustrator Kristen Balouch will host a mapmaking workshop for school age children inspired by Mystery Bottle, a children’s book about a Brooklyn boy who receives a mysterious package from Tehran. The Calpulli Mexican Dance Company will perform folkloric dances in traditional costume. Attendees will learn traditional Chinese paper cutting, calligraphy and dance, with a performance to follow by the YZY Concord Chorus. And throughout the day, the library will host balloon, sculpture, henna, face painting and other activities.
Special thanks to Apple Bank, which funded the purchase of new ESOL materials and citizenship books for the Library’s New Americans Corners, which offer free multilingual resources in every BPL branch. The bank also supported Brooklyn Public Library’s systemwide introduction of Language Line interpretation services. Language Line is a telephonic reference and referral service that allows speakers of different languages to communicate with the assistance of an interpreter.