The East Chicago Public Library celebrates Children’s Day/Book Day

2012-04-23T10:16:00Z The East Chicago Public Library celebrates Children’s Day/Book DayContributed by Hortencia Gonzalez | East Chicago Public Library

EAST CHICAGO | As the nation's population continues to become more diverse, the East Chicago Public Library will join hundreds of libraries in celebration of the 16th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day).

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

"Libraries are a part of the American Dream, places that support family, education, self-help and lifelong learning," said East Chicago Public Library, Interim Director, Mr. Charles Moore, "Through literacy events and programs like Día, libraries are working with parents and caregivers to raise avid readers."

The East Chicago Public Library invites you to come join us celebrate Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) on Monday, April 30, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Main Library located at 2401 E. Columbus Drive or at the Pastrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Ave. Please come enjoy bilingual stories, a movie, games, a piñata and free prizes (while quantities last).

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.

For more information please contact Cheryl Smith at 219.397.2453 Ext. 11.


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