PAAIA’s “Adopt a Library” Program Gets a Second Life

PAAIA’s “Adopt a Library” Program Gets a Second Life

Exclusive Benefit for PAAIA Members

By PAAIA Editorial Staff

March 11, 2010, Washington, D.C. – We are pleased to announce the second edition in PAAIA’s “Adopt a Library” program, a charming book for 3-7 year-old children that is hot off the press, titled, “Gala and her Friends Celebrate Norooz”.

How to Participate
Through April 30th, PAAIA Members can buy this charming picture book directly from the publisher for $10—a 33% discount from the retail price of $14.95. PAAIA is a conduit between creative artists who have something of interest to offer, and the Iranian American community. The entire proceeds of all purchases by PAAIA members will go to the publisher. No portion of the proceeds will go to PAAIA.

Enjoy the book yourself, give it away as a gift, or donate it. For those who wish to donate the book to a library, the publisher can ship your order directly to its destination with a personalized donation card recognizing the donor.

Click here to purchase the book at the PAAIA discounted price of $10. Use the special code: “ZVTAFSHZ” to receive the special PAAIA discount.

Purpose of “Adopt a Library” Project
An important part of PAAIA’s mission is to increase awareness of our Iranian heritage among our fellow Americans. What better way to do this than through children’s books such as “Gala and her Friends Celebrate Norooz”?

As you donate this book, please email us at info@ and tell us about it and any stories you may wish to share with us, so we can recognize you and report back on the progress of this important and fun project.

We hope that you will participate in this exciting project. 

About the Book
New in 2010, this colorful picture book was created due to the lack of children’s books (and none for children ages 3-7) to help young children learn about the Iranian New Year and especially the tradition of the Sofreh Haftseen.

Young children often learn from hearing and recreating stories. “Gala and her Friends Celebrate Norooz” shares the celebration of Norooz through characters that are part of the Sofreh Haftseen. The story follows Gala Seeb (Apple) as she looks for her friend Maya Mahi (Goldfish) on the way to the Norooz party. Along her journey, Gala meets the other six items; all preparing for the Norooz celebration with their friends. At the end of the story, everyone has gathered around one another as the Sofreh Haftseen is set. All of the Haftseen items are written phonetically, so children learn the Farsi names as they read or hear the story. 

“Gala and her Friends Celebrate Norooz” offers an entertaining way to introduce one of the Persian traditions to Iranian children, aged 3 to 7, born or raised in the United States.  It also provides a fun way for Iranian children to share Norooz with their non-Iranian friends.


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