Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

The Pebbles Center
Learning about Latin America at the New Orleans Public Library

In 2004 Tulane University and the New Orleans Public Library created the Pebbles Center to enhance the learning and lives of the children of our city by offering them resources and opportunities to experience the rich diversity of Latin America and its people. The Pebbles Center has been housed within the Children’s Resource Center at 913 Napoleon Avenue. Since its inauguration, the Pebbles Center has acquired over five hundred bilingual, English and Spanish language children’s books, films, and guides on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ten years later, the Pebbles Center has grown so much that the collection is now housed in two locations. In Spring 2014, the center added more to the collection by opening up at another branch on the westbank at the New Orleans Public Library’s Algiers Regional Library. The Center holds all Americas Award winners and commended titles along with the Pura Belpre award winners.

This collaborative project is an important resource for the community to learn about and engage with Latin America while supporting language learning for all ages. Check the library website for upcoming bilingual programming.

Please contact us at crcrts@tulane.edu if you wish to volunteer or would like more information. You can also find us on facebook to subscribe to all the latest events and resource materials available to learn about Latin America.

UPTOWN LOCATION The Children’s Resource Center Library 913 Napoleon Avenue 70115 Hours:
  • Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    You can call the branch directly at 504.596.2628
WESTBANK LOCATION Algiers Regional Library 3014 Holiday Drive 70131 Hours:
  • Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    You can call the branch directly at 504.596.2641

Annual Events

Read Across the Americas Summer Program at the Children’s Resource Center
Join us every Wednesday at 10:30 am at the Algiers Regional Branch and every first and third Saturday at 10:30 am at the Children’s Resource Center for a bilingual storytime for kids ages 2 – 10. The program is part of an initiative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library called the Pebbles Center. This summer we will explore the environment and diverse geography of Latin America. Bring your favorite jungle animal and be prepared to learn some Spanish as we embark on an adventure through the Americas. This program provides a reading list of recommended titles for all ages to explore Latin America on your own this summer. If you read all books, you will be eligible for a special award offered during Hispanic Heritage month at the annual Celebración Latina held at the Audubon Zoo.

Celebración Latina
Every fall during Hispanic Heritage month (September 15 – October 15) The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, The Pebbles Center, and The Audubon Zoo sponsor a Latin inspired family festival located in the zoo. This festival began in 2004 in order to celebrate Latin America within the community through reading together and celebration. This year’s festival will be on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the Audubon Zoo. See you there!

Check out pictures from past Celebraciones

DIA/Dí­a del Libro
El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el dí­a de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El dí­a de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida.

Para una lista con la dirreción de todas las bibliotecas, por favor visite la Página de web de la biblioteca pública de la Nueva Orleans.

Special Visiting Artists
On occasion, The Pebbles Center invites Latin American artists, musicians, and authors to do special programming. We have had the honor of hosting José Luis Orozco, Jorge Argueta, Antonio Sacre, and the legendary puppet troupe from Mexico, Saltimbanqui. View photos from these events here

List of materials available at the Pebbles Center

View photos of the Pebbles Center Inauguration

To learn more about children’s stories about Latin America and Latino culture, please check out Cuentos de las Americas

Check our Facebook page for more up-to-date information.

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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

See the LAL Facebook page for more details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/454592075187553/

Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.