Almeida Garrett Library celebrates 20th anniversary and offers activities for children

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Filipa Brito

Today, 2nd of April is International Children's Book Day and Porto Municipal Library Almeida Garrett celebrates twenty years of happy readings and cultural activities. The celebration programme includes illustrations activities and workshops until 3rd April.

André Letria and Nicolau invite children between six and ten years old to learn what illustration is all about; so they set the Pato Lógico workshop going and looked for inspiration in the books “Mar”, by Ricardo Henriques and illustration by Nicolau, also in “1.º Direito”, by Ricardo Henriques, as well, and illustration by André Letria, and “Sonho”, by Susa Monteiro. Children will learn the concept art of illustration, which is always accompanied by a text, in two online sessions: at 10.30 am and at 3 pm.

On 3rd April, it is time for Bárbara Rocha to develop illustration techniques with children. There will be six sessions until the end of the year. All workshop sessions at Almeida Garrett Library are free, but previous registration is mandatory.

Almeida Garrett Municipal Library opened doors in 2001, in a building designed by architect José Manuel Soares. Every year, the library welcomes over 160 thousand visitors and provides readers a curated collection of books, digital access to material, and a physical location or a virtual space to enjoy culture, namely through debates, tale time, workshops, exhibitions, just to mention a few.

Almeida Garrett Municipal Library was certified by UNESCO in 2011, and is now part of a network of associated libraries. Its outline goals are the promotion of human rights, peace, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, the protection of the environment and the fight against illiteracy.