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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Ancient Civilizations K-16 Series for Social Studies Educators

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Ancient Civilizations
K-16 Educator Workshop Series
Spring 2020

For educators of grade levels: K-12

Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS), S.S. NOLA, and AfterCLASS will host a professional development workshop series open to all K-16 school professionals. These workshops will challenge educators to learn about the unexpected impact and connections of Ancient civilizations from Central America to the Gulf South. In particular, the workshops will foster a deeper comprehension of how to incorporate art, language and food across the disciplines. Participants will learn unique ways to incorporate the Tunica, Maya and Aztec cultures into the classroom in a variety of subjects. Registration for each workshop is $5 and includes light snacks, teaching resources, and a certificate of completion.

The workshop series will prepare teachers:

  • To utilize digital humanities resources in the classroom;
  • To design culturally appropriate primary and secondary research projects;
  • To teach about Pre-Columbian and ancient civilizations, language, geography and foods;
  • To encourage student self-determination through meaningful and relevant cultural projects.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Tunica of the Lower Mississippi River Valley
Middle American Research Institute – Seminar Room
6823 St. Charles Avenue
This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Participants will explore the physical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the region. Representatives of the Tunica community will introduce their language and culture and the work they do to preserve their language.

Friday, March 6, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Understanding Maya Fare: Beyond Tamales and Cacao
AfterCLASS – Taylor Education Center
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. #4003
In collaboration with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, this workshop focuses on foods of the Maya. Participants will explore the foods of the Maya focusing on the role of food over time. Join us as we hear from chocolate specialists and our Kaqchikel language scholar will discuss the importance of corn. REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, April 29, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Teaching Aztec History through Art
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community. This workshop has moved online and will consist of a 60 minute online webinar that includes an introduction to teaching Aztec history, a discussion of different art objects that the Aztecs created which reveal insights into their history, and a discussion of new online resources to incorporate into your teaching.

The webinar is free an open to educators of all grade levels. In order to access the session, please register here.

Global Read Webinar Series 2020

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Diverse Books for the K-12 Classroom
February – June 2020 – All webinars are 6 PM CST
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Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Freeman Book Award, Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award) will sponsor a 60-minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards. Each webinar features a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. Please read along with us this spring as we explore the world through these award-winning books. We encourage all readers to join in on the conversations each month and ask the author your own questions live.

Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2020ReadingAcrossCultures. Visit www.internationalizingsocialstudies.blog for more information and to register for free.

  • AFRICAFEBRUARY 26, 2020 Africana Book Award
    Grandpa Cacao, A Tale of Chocolate from Farm to Family by Elizabeth Zunon
  • MIDDLE EASTMARCH 18, 2020 Middle East Book Award
    Darius the Great is Not OKAY by Adib Khorram
  • SOUTH ASIAAPRIL 14, 2020 – South Asia Book Award
    The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock
  • LATIN AMERICAMAY 11, 2020 – Américas Award
    Auntie Luce‘€™s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour
  • ASIAJUNE 23, 2020 – Freeman Book Award
    Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman

All sessions are free and open to the public. Register by visiting internationalizingsocialstudies.org. Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, the African Studies Outreach Council, and The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

Online Summer Book Group for K-12 Educators

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For pre-service, early career and veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature who want to explore award-winning books for the middle and early high school classrooms. Join us as we read four books that explore stories of coming-of-age from multiple perspectives. Participants will receive a copy of each book and participate in an open discussion with other K-12 educators. We will launch the book group with The Other Half of Happy. The group will meet online and explore the real story behind this award-winning book with the author Rebecca Balrcárcel. Join us this summer as we discover new stories and books for your classroom.

Register here for $15 (includes all 4 books).

All online Zoom meetings are at 7:00 PM CST.

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Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and AfterCLASS at Tulane University. For more information, please email crcrts@tulane.edu.