June is a pretty exciting time of the year!
But did you know that it is also Italian Heritage Month?
On October 7, 2010, the Provincial Legislature passed Bill 103, officially declaring June as Italian Heritage Month!
Mr. Tibollo spoke of culture as a "badge of honor that we should all wear...regardless of what country we come from," and with cultural celebrations such as Italian Heritage Month, it is an opportunity for people to learn about different cultures.
And on that note, you are all invited to check out the special programs at the Downsview Branch in celebration of Italian Heritage Month!
“The Mystery of San Nicandro” Film Screening
Thursday June 13th, 1:00 pm
A timeless story about identity, family and belonging. In the words of producer/executive producer Vanessa Dylyn, "'The Mystery of San Nicandro' is ultimately a testament to the inexorable force of the past, how it shapes our identity and sense of belonging, and how the echo of our DNA reaches across centuries to claim us. That echo is universal — no matter what our differences, we all have an ancestral journey and a past." The film is 75 minutes with a special Q&A session. For more information about the film, visit www.themysteryofsannicandro.com
Thursday June 20th, 1:00 pm
Enjoy a lunch time language learning session with Pino & Eleonora from Toronto’s Italian language school, Tutorino! Learn the correct pronunciation of every day Italian treats such as espresso, tiramisu, gnocchi and more. You'll definitely impress your Italian-speaking friends after this program!
The Italian Immigrant: A Musical Journey
Saturday June 29th, 2:30 pm
Come enjoy the music of Tino@Vivo who will perform "The Italian Immigrant Experience in Ten Songs Plus One" on his acoustic guitar! Enjoy a selection of modern and classic Italian songs about the immigrant experience.
All of the above programs are FREE!
Please contact the branch at 416-395-5720 to register and for more information.
Also, from now until June 22nd, be sure to stop by the Downsview Branch to see the beautiful artwork from members of the Golden Age Academy! Their 2013 art exhibit is called Pride of Heritage and features beautiful paintings and arts & craft pieces that is on display throughout the branch. Come check out the talent of local Downsview artists!
Lastly, I'd like to share one memorable moment from a program earlier this month - Happie Testa from Rainbow Caterpillar books came to the branch as a featured Family Time storyteller to read to kids in English and in Italian. By the end of the program, both kids and parents who didn't speak Italian as their first language were repeating the Italian words they had just learned from the children's books she read! It was wonderful seeing kids and parents revel in the joys of learning a new language together.
You can look for a branch that has materials in your language here - http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/books-video-music/your-language/
Eager to start learning a new language? Try this.
How will you be celebrating Italian Heritage Month?