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CELEBRATING LIBRARIES – HONORING CULTURES

April is my favorite month of the year! It is a time when we celebrate all aspects of library work, all library workers, and all types of libraries.  The month is packed with proclamations, programs, and activities that sing praise to the impact libraries have in communities across the country.  And on April 30th, we close this luminous month with the celebration of children and their books, Children’s Day/Book Day, also known as DIA.

In a time when incidents of censorship and book banning are on the rise, the yearlong celebration of DIA becomes more relevant than ever, because it emphasizes the importance of diverse books for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.  Día – Children’s Day/Book Day – El día de los niños/El día de los libros is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. At the core of Día is the goal of nurturing cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home culture and language.  Free program downloads and a booklist are made available each year to support programming and events. Artist and children’s book illustrator Reggie Brown created artwork under the theme “Each Story Matters. Every Child Counts” for merchandise celebrating Día which can be purchased through ALA Graphics.  I’d also like to mention the thoughtful and encompassing reading lists created by the members of the ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee as well as the  terrific books selected by ALSC’s  Mildred L. Batchelder Award, considered to be the most outstanding books originating in a country other than the United States and in a language other than English and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.  

Our libraries have always opened our minds to new cultures and traditions. I am proud and delighted that our celebratory month concludes with a celebration of the diversity found in our very own communities. 

Lucia M. Gonzalez 
2021-2022 President
ALSC: Association for Library Service to Children

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Association for Library Service to Children

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