La Casita to Release New Bilingual Children’s Book, The Story of NIKALA

We are thrilled to announce the release of the 3rd children’s storybook published by La Casita Cultural Center. NIKALA behind the waterfall / NIKALA detrás de la cascada, is an original story written and illustrated by the children of the weekly after-school program, the Dual Language Reading Circles.

Published in dual language, in print and in digital form, the book will be released on Saturday, April 27 at 1:00pm, during the opening reception of the Young Art / Arte Joven 2019 exhibit at La Casita

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La Casita’s bilingual editions by very young authors in previous years include:

This project is part of the annual campaign Your Stories, Your Library, to raise awareness and support for La Casita’s Bilingual Library and dual language literacy programs. Your support helps us build our collection, especially children’s books of culturally relevant bilingual content written and illustrated by Latinos about the Latino experience.

La Casita’s Bilingual Library serves as a vital resource for the children enrolled in La Casita’s programs and for the community at large.

With your support we can expand our programming capabilities and develop new and engaging ways to work the children in our communities. By supporting Your Stories, Your Library, you ensure that La Casita continues to offer programming to enhance the lives of the children in our community.

We invite you to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of Your Stories, Your Library. Donations by check can be made payable to La Casita Cultural Center /Syracuse University. To donate online, please visit our website: and click on the Giving link or go to our online wishlist and purchase a book to donate.

On behalf of our families and our children, ¡MUCHAS GRACIAS!



Celebrating the talents of our youth and their achievements in
visual arts, language arts, and music!

This exhibition culminates the work of year-round programming

offered in partnership between

La Casita, the Point of Contact Gallery, the Spanish Action League and the Manos preschool program at the Seymour Dual Language Academy (Partners in Learning, Inc.)

The event also marks the release of a new bilingual children’s book,
NIKALA behind the waterfall / detrás de la cascada,
written and illustrated by the young participants in La Casita’s Reading Circles.
The new edition is the fourth bilingual children’s book released by La Casita.

La Casita’s music programs will showcase violin and piano performances
under the direction of Syracuse University students
Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz and Mia Tsai.

Support for this program comes from:

Molina Healthcare
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

Refreshments will be served.
Admission is free and open to the public.