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At Pela Cafe, Debra Fricano, Interim Director of Education and Family Engagement, brings “wonder” into the wider community, with book reading programs aimed at children 0-4 years old and their caregivers, in public spaces in our community.

Pela Cafe emphasizes socio-emotional learning and aims to build age-appropriate social justice awareness. Believing that children and adults need resources for the world we live in, Debra finds meaningful ways of addressing current world realities with children and their caregiver.

Debra’s unique approach through Pela Cafe was featured on Fox 5 in July 2017.

Pela Cafe is held Tuesdays at Book Culture (Columbus Avenue and 81st) from 11:00am-12:00pm. We are there virtually every week but do check here for any changes.

Pela Cafe is held monthly on Fridays at St. Agnes Library (Amsterdam and 81st) from 11:00am-12:00pm. (2019 Dates: January 18, February 15, March 15, April 12, May 17, June 21)

Pela Cafe is held monthly on first Fridays at JCC Harlem (318 W. 118th Street) from 11:30am-12:30pm. (2019 Dates: January 4, February 1, March 1,April 5, May 3, June 7).

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