Awards & Scholarships

Did You Have a Great Dí­a?

It’s been a couple of month’s since most libraries held their celebration culminating El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) sometime around April 30. And most of us have moved on to summer reading programs. But before you totally forget about the amazing and wonderful things you did to celebrate bilingual literacy, please consider sharing your success by applying for the  Estela and Raíºl Mora Award. Schools and libraries that work with older youth can submit their El dí­a de los jovenes/ El dí­a de los libros (Youth Day/Book Day) programs. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2012.

The award has been presented annually since 2000 to the most exemplary program
celebrating El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (also known as Dí­a). It was established by author, and Dí­a founder, Pat Mora and her family to honor their parents, who fostered bookjoy in Pat and her siblings and to recognize the wonderful efforts library’s make in support of reading and community. Applications are judged by members of REFORMA, Dí­a’s founding partner, and the award consists of a $1,000 stipend and a plaque to be displayed by the winning library or school.

Think what you did wasn’t that special? Think again! Take a look at what the 2011 winners did.

For Santa Ana (CA) Public Library Dí­a is one of the library’s biggest celebrations, attracting over 1,000 residents. The program was deemed exemplary, in part, due to the many community organizations, including the library’s teen club, that participated in the event. View a short video of the celebration on the library’s website. A second winner was Springfield (OR) Public Library, which planned most of its program with volunteers. Public schools were brought into the celebration by displaying Milagros made by classes. The event was cited for the inclusion of parents with lower literacy skills, who were invited to orally share stories during craft activities. The event serves as an exemplary model of programming on a smaller scale and the impact that smaller events can have on the community and literacy.

Think about what your celebration meant to your community. Remember the wonderful things you did at the celebration. Pull out the photographs you took and gather the publicity pieces you created. Think about what you could do next year with $1000 and how nice that plague would look in the library. Now fill out the application, available on REFORMA’s website. We want to know what you did for Dí­a. Good luck!


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