How Libraries Celebrate Dia
There are many ways that libraries partake in the El Dia del Nino celebrations, books of course are one of the biggest ways we celebrate! Many libraries hold book festivals during the month of April and other culturally related festivals as well.
Libraries want to spread the importance that literacy should not only be celebrated and encouraged on April 30th, but every day and the the whole family should be involved.
In 2011, over 300 libraries joined in the celebration here are some things they did to celebrate:
Author visits, including Pat Mora at the Pima Public Library in Arizona to talk about multicultural books for children and to celebrate literacy.
Community events with games, activities, storytellers, entertainers at the library, nearby parks and/or other central locations in the community.
Please visit the ALA Dia page on the resources list for a detailed list of libraries and how they celebrated this year and plans for next year.
Programming in your Library
Whether you work in a school or public library spreading the importance of books to children of any and every culture is one of your most important jobs.
Dia is the enhancement of Chidlren's day and how can you celebrate the Day of the Child in your library? By use of appropriate programming and services. On the ALA Dia website a resource guide is available to download to help you with some ideas.
Involving community members to share the importance of literacy in your library or school is a great way for children to see the importance of the topic. Also to involve community entertainers that can share experiences, stories, music and fun from the culture should be welcomed guests as well.
Distributing materials such as book marks, donations from community members toys, pencils, erasers and stickers on April 30th are also sure to be a big hit amount children.
Please visit the recommended resources for more ideas.