The Children’s Cultural Books Program:  BIG is growing BIGGER!

On July 15 The Paletero Man was read by Bandon resident, Danitza Galvan.  What a local treasure!

Danitza Galvan is originally from Peru and is a bilingual speaker of English and Spanish. She was a Spanish language court interpreter for Los Angeles County for 15 years while earning her first degree in Liberal Arts. Danitza and her husband moved to the island of Kauai, in Hawaii, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and started a licensed home child care practice she ran as a Montessori certified school. She now lives with her family in Bandon. Her son who has autism is her greatest inspiration and motivating force to earn her Master’s degree in Early Intervention/Special Education. In recent years she worked as a substitute teacher for the Coos County school district. She is
a singer and songwriter of both English and Spanish songs.
The Paletero Man is a wonderfully colorful book with an encouraging message of community and sharing.  Danitza’s friend, Maricela (with her bright and very engaged baby boy) joined us that day and added much to the celebration of the Spanish language.  Danitza brought song, crafts, and a joyful spirit to the children of Bandon as she shared her talents on the guitar and her love.

A BIG thank you to Ivy and Braydon who were our chalk artists for the day.

BIG’s Children’s Cultural Books Programs are sponsored by Coos County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust and South Coast Equity Coalition.  BIG’s Children’s Cultural Books Programs are not sponsored or endorsed by the Bandon Public Library.

NOTE:  On September 21 Danitza will be reading another English/Spanish bilingual book at an event sponsored by the Bandon Public Library: “Let’s be Friends/Seamos Amigos” by Rene Colato Lainez.  Mark your calendars and bring the children in your life!

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