Celebrating Children and Books at Día’s 20th Anniversary
As Arlington’s population continues to become more diverse, the Arlington Public Library will join hundreds of libraries in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). The library will showcase a variety of multicultural programs and services for children and families on Saturday, April 29 from 1-4 p.m. at UTA’s Maverick Activity Center.
Día celebrates every day of children, families, and reading with a nationwide event culminating in April every year. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
“Libraries are part of the American Dream, places that support family, education, self-help and lifelong learning,” said Virginia Wilkinson, Program Specialist. “The library is working with parents and caregivers to raise avid readers through literacy events and programs like Día.”
Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
The Arlington Public Library will offer crafts, music, dancers, snacks, performers, bilingual storytimes, and more at Día. The Library is presenting Día through partnerships with several UTA organizations, including the Department of Modern Languages, the Center for Mexican American Studies, and the McDowell Center.