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Raising Readers with Your Library

El día de los niños/El día de los libros showcases diversity of Library books and programs

Culture, heritage and language are powerful tools for getting kids excited about reading.  The DC Public Library is showcasing how these tools enrich its children's programs in this year’s El día de los niños/El día de los libros celebration.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a nationally-recognized program that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children.   The Library is hosting 20 programs across the District.

“Raising a city of readers is the most important work that your Library does,” said Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper.   “A kid seeing themselves, their friends or others in the books they read or in the language that a story is told can be the hook that makes them a lifelong reader. El día helps promote the wide range of books and programs your library uses year round to create that experience for District youth.”

This year’s events include a visit from author Lulu Delacre, performances by the Maru Montero Dance Company and a story time featuring Patricia de Lima of El Zol Radio.  

 El día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 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 with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros.  The DC Public Library has celebrated El día de los Niños/El día de los Libros since April 2009.

El día runs from April 28 through May 5.  A complete schedule of events can be found by visiting our calendar.