For 2012, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will be releasing a new El día de los niños/El día de los libros brochure for parents, and will also host a new round Día-related webinars.
The new Día brochure for parents will be available starting in January. It will focus on reading to children every day and tips on using the library for new parents. A downloadable PDF will be available from the new Día site.
To help librarians plan for their 2012 celebration, ALSC has lined up three exciting Día-related webinars. Each webinar covers a different area of Día celebrations including strategies, expansion, and cooperation in the community:
Connecting with Many Children from Many Cultures: Cultural Literacy @your library examines culturally sensitive library programming that promotes cultural literacy.
Día 201: Community Partnerships, Marketing, and Funding explores hosting large scale Dia events and strategies for community collaboration.
Making Every Day a Día Day: Incorporating Día into Current Youth Programming discusses the opportunity to introduce multicultural literature and bilingual literacy into any and all programs and events at the library.
ALSC also invites libraries to register their Día events on the new website. Every registration represents an opportunity for increase funding for this multicultural celebration. You can also share your stories at Día’s Facebook page.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día, is a celebration of children, reading, and culture. The Día celebration was founded in 1996 by children’s book author Pat Mora, who proposed conceptually linking the existing Children’s Day with literacy. The founding partner of Día is REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Literacy and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.