By: Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros
For: Red Rock News
Date: April 25, 2014
Make Every Day Children’s Day
This April, Sedona Public Library, along with hundreds of libraries, schools, and communities throughout the country, hosted a special family literacy event in honor of Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros, (Children’s Day/Book Day) also known as Día. Día is an ongoing nationwide initiative celebrating children, families, and reading that culminates each year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Sedona Public Library held its Día celebration on April 23. Our program featured people from the community sharing childhood songs and stories in various languages, a musical performance by Vusi Shibambo, crafts, and snacks. Families and children of all ages participated in this special event celebrating the joys and wonders of childhood and the importance of literacy in the lives of families.
Día, as observed in the U.S., has its origins in the Children’s Day holiday celebrated in many countries around the world, a holiday promoting the well-being of children. In Mexico, for example, Día de los Niños is one of the most celebrated days of the year, as families gather together, host parties, buy presents for their children, and plan special activities.
In 1996, children’s author Pat Mora, in conjunction with the American Library Association and REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking), initiated an effort to bring Children’s Day to this country. Mora believed that promoting literacy went hand in hand with promoting the well-being of children. From this vision, Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros was born, with the goal of linking all children to books, languages, and cultures.
Today, the Día celebration promotes bilingual and multicultural literacy for our multicultural nation. By sharing stories, we learn about other languages and cultures, and we form greater connections with family and friends, neighbors, and people from across the world. Introducing children to the goals of Día will work to promote multicultural understanding through reading.
If you missed our Día event, you can celebrate on your own this April by visiting the library and reading one of the featured Día books on display.
Every day, any time of the day, a selection of children’s books and related activities is just a click away. From the “Ebooks for Kids” link on our website (www.sedonalibrary.org), you’ll find TumbleBooks, an online collection of books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. It offers books in many languages (to read or listen to), videos about different countries, language learning opportunities, and even puzzles and games in a variety of languages.
Visit the Sedona Public Library in person or online to connect to the community and the world!
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) corporation. The land on which our beautiful library sits was donated, and the library building was constructed with private funds and is entirely debt-free. Donations and grants allow us to continue to offer free services to residents and visitors. Your tax deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros is the Latino Services Librarian at Sedona Public Library.