ALA Annual 2011, Blogger Jeanette Larson, Dia, Professional Development

A Great Dí­a

By all accounts celebrations of El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros were fabulous this year. In spite of budget cutbacks and lower staffing levels, as many or more libraries celebrated bilingual reading this year as celebrated last year! But whether you hosted a Dí­a event or not, don’t rest now. To get a sense of what went on this year and begin to prepare for the upcoming year, visit Pat Mora’s website and click on the short video to hear directly from Dí­a’s founder  about the 15th Anniversary activities. In her presentation, Mora reminds us that through Dí­a we are trying to link all children to books, language, and culture. She mentions that we may have originally thought of Dí­a as being a one day celebration, primarily to encourage bilingualism in English and Spanish. However, through various Dí­a activities and programs we hope to encourage children to hear and read…