LDTF to launch sixth book in its young authors series

Posted on Jul 16 2021


First lady Diann Torres poses with young authors Ariah Villagomez, Emma Sablan, and Serenity Fujihira of the NMI Girl Scouts, and 2019 Miss Marianas Shannon Sasamoto. Kareran Sirena is the sixth book under LDTF›s Language and Literacy Young Author›s Program that will be launched this Saturday. (Contributed Photo)

The Lady Diann Torres Foundation will launch its sixth children’s book, Kareran Sirena, this Saturday, July 17, during the Project Liffang event to be held at the Carolinian Utt from 8am to 12pm.

Kareran Sirena was written by young authors Ariah Villagomez, Emma Sablan, and Serenity Fujihira of the CNMI Girl Scout and guided by 2019 Miss Marianas Shannon Sasamoto. Illustrations were produced by local artist Mikeala San Nicolas.

The book takes readers on an adventure with a young mermaid named Sirena who explores the Northern Mariana Islands. Sirena encounters several characters who, along the way, taught her important lessons about family and community in the Marianas. She visits Pagan, Asuncion, and Maug, and throughout her journey, she learns that when you live in the Marianas you are never alone.

Paired with the book will be the program’s first-of-its-kind Sirena plush doll, which will be made available for purchase in limited quantity.

LDTF’s Language and Literacy Young Author’s Program’s Sixth children’s book edition was made possible by partial funding through a Northern Marianas Humanities Council grant.

LDTF will also be selling previously published books from other local young authors under its Language and Literacy Young Author’s Program, such as Hafa Sinentete-mu, I Lina’la Hu, Maolik Kontra Baba, Bweletaal Wischira Eew Kkol Refaluwasch, and I Duendis.

LDTF’s partners include the NMI Girl Scouts, Stellar Marianas, Joeten Kiyu Public Library, CNMI Women’s Association, and the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, while its sponsors are the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, Indigenous Affairs Office, Bank of Guam, Saipan Shipping Company, IT&E, Bridge Capital, LLC, Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc., Tan Siu Lin Foundation, and Hanna Enterprises Korea.

“It is through these partnerships and support of sponsors that LDTF is able to continue the good work of promoting the Chamorro and Carolinian languages through short stories,” said the foundation in a stagement yesterday.

For more information about the LDTF Language and Literacy Young Author’s Program, email LDTF at ladydianntorres@gmail.com or call 235-2383(LDTF). (PR)

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