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Family Picks: Enjoy art, children’s books and bears

CorrespondentMay 15, 2014 

Check out “Mickey Muerto,” 2005, screen print, 45 x 30 3/4 in., by Artemio Rodriguez in the “Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection” this weekend at NCMA.

ARTEMIO RODRIGUEZ — COLLECTION OF THE MCNAY ART MUSEUM/GIFT OF HARRIET AND RICARDO ROMO

This weekend sees the coincidental overlap of Art Museum Day, Children’s Book Week and – at least at one museum – Bear Awareness Week. Accordingly, there are events Triangle-wide geared toward good books and interesting art.

• Friday and Saturday mark the end of Bear Awareness Week at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science. Both days at 2 p.m., you can meet a keeper and discuss what goes into bear care, but also how these animals – of which the museum has four – fit into our ecosystem. Museum admission is $10-14, while those 2 and younger get in free. Visit lifeandscience.org.

• Two local independent bookstores hold free storytimes Saturday as part of Indies First Storytime Day. At 11 a.m. at Durham’s Regulator Bookshop, local authors Heather McCuiston, Jackie Ogburn and Stephanie Greene will read from their favorite children’s classics as well as their own work. At 3 p.m., Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh has a storytime featuring a visit by Corduroy the bear. Visit quailridgebooks.com or regulatorbookshop.com.

• Saturday also sees the first event at Northgate Mall’s new Discovery Nook – a reading and education area nestled between entrances two and four. This joint venture between the mall and Durham County Library holds a free science-oriented story time at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, with the promise of more such events in the future. See northgatemall.com for more information.

• Sunday is Art Museum Day, and Durham’s Nasher Museum of Art and Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art are participating. Nasher’s free celebration features a live dance performance at 1 p.m., while its counterpart in Raleigh is offering free admission to “Estampas de la Raza: The Romo Collection,” which examines Mexican-American and Latino artists. See nasher.duke.edu or ncartmuseum.org.

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