Paloma’s Song Author Visits Martin Library


October 15, 2023 

Martin Library to Host Author of Paloma’s Song for Puerto Rico 

YORK, PA – Martin Library will host author Adriana Erin Rivera on Saturday, November 4 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The author will speak about her book “Paloma’s Song for Puerto Rico: A Diary from 1898” and participate in a Q&A with Delma Rivera. A limited number of copies of the book will be available to purchase. Activities are planned and snacks reflecting the Puerto Rican culture will be served. 

“As a library, it is important to share the many voices represented in our community,” says Martin Library Director Mina Edmondson. “Adriana’s book and presentation can provide new perspectives for attendees.” In advance of Adriana’s visit, the Martin Library Tweens group is reading and discussing the title. Interested youth are invited to join the conversation and can learn more by calling the library’s Children’s staff at 717-849-6942. 

“Paloma’s Song for Puerto Rico: A Diary from 1898” is a diary tale of twelve-year-old Paloma who lives in Puerto Rico with her family. The book looks at how her world begins to change when United States soldiers invade Puerto Rico, long controlled by Spain. The book was created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Latino. Each story in the Nuestras Voces series features a young Latino character’s experience during key moments in American history. Set against rich and informative historical backdrops, Nuestras Voces presents exciting and accessible historical fiction that depicts a variety of time periods and experiences—including joys and challenges, trials and triumphs, and an inspiring spirit of resilience. 

“When our libraries provide opportunities like this for youth to meet the author of the book they are reading, it adds an extra element to their experience,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “By reading, youth learn through the content of the book. And by meeting the author, they can expand their knowledge by personally asking the writer questions about the characters, the writing process, and the why behind the book. The interaction magnifies and further defines the words on the page.”  

Anyone who has questions about the event should contact the library at 717-849-6961. Martin Library is located at 159 East Market Street in York, PA. Serving the community since 1935, Martin Library is one of York County’s oldest libraries and is a branch of York County Libraries. It is recognized as a PA Forward Gold Star library for its outstanding provision of programs and resources to community members.  Martin Library also holds the distinguished honor of being the first library to receive the Library of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association. 



Deb Sullivan
Community Relations Director
York County Libraries
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Mina Edmondson
Martin Library
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