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Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books: Fifteen Years of Dia

One of the best opportunities for professional development comes at conference. I admit that after 35 years working in libraries–and attending at least that many ALA annual and midwinter conferences–I don’t attend many of the programs. Been there, done that. However it was inspiring and informative to participate in the celebration program for 15 years of El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros. This celebration of bilingual literacy, born in 1996 when author/advocate Pat Mora was inspired by a traditional Mexican celebration of children, Dí­a’s mission is to spread “bookjoy” every day by linking children from all cultures with books, and celebrating together on and around April 30. Cynthia Richey, ALSC Past-President, welcomed everyone to the program and talked about the place Dí­a has in ALSC. REFORMA President, Lucia Gonzalez, gave an inspiring overview of the birthing of Dí­a and the maturation of this Latino “child” that was now celebrating her Quinceañera (15th birthday)….