Spring has sprung and with it comes extra special programming celebrating Día!
Día is incorporated year-round by emphasizing the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds with many libraries commemorating by planning special events around the end of April.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and books observed on April 30.
According to the official Día website, “As celebrated by libraries and librarians, Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, a celebration which took hold in 1925 following the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children.” In 1996 author and poet Pat Mora proposed linking Children’s Day with literacy and bilingualism to create a new holiday: El día de los niños/El día de los libros. With the help of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, the holiday was first celebrated on April 30, 1997. ALA formalized their support in 2001.
Are you celebrating Día at your library? Are you offering a multilingual storytime? A special cultural craft project? Add your program to the Día Program Registry to be included with other participating libraries.
Don’t have plans this year? Use the registry and free program downloads to help brainstorm and start planning for 2020!
This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group, III. Programming Skills, V. Outreach and Advocacy and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development
Cassie Chenoweth, Children’s Librarian at Orange Beach Public Library in Orange Beach, Alabama, is writing this post on behalf of the Public Awareness Committee. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org