Celebrate Children, Celebrate Books, April 30, 2016 Día’s 20th Anniversary

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Continue or begin the Día tradition in your home and family. Give a book to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, children of friends and neighbors. Let’s celebrate all our children and share bookjoy with them day by day, día por día.

This year, we are celebrating the 560 programs (from 40 states) entered into ALSC’s National Día Program Registry (not all celebrations register their events), with an estimated 103,635 participants!

Many thanks to each of you who, as part of our Día community, has worked to enrich the lives of children and families this April. You are GOOD NEWS in our country.


Happy Dia from Pat 2016!

Do-it-yourself Día

7th annual Diapalooza 2016If you can’t find a nearby Día celebration, then create your own! Any combination of family+books will do! Here are a few ideas:

Family Book Fiesta
Turn tomorrow (Saturday, April 30) into your family’s very own Book Fiesta! Don’t leave the stories until bedtime – read at breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between!

Día in the park
2016 is the 20th anniversary of Día and the 100th anniversary of the National Parks. Whether your nearby park is National or not, try to enjoy it this weekend, and don’t forget to bring along some favorite books to read in the great outdoors.

Make a Día keepsake book
Honor your family by making a book about them! All you need is paper, some photos, crayons, a stapler and a great family story!

Book Fiesta

Illustration by Rafael Lopez from Book Fiesta!

Celebrating Día’s 20th on Capitol Hill

7th annual Diapalooza 2016On April 27, Pat Mora joined Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) President Andrew Medlar for a 20th anniversary Día celebration on Capitol Hill, complete with books, cake and lemonade! Three important visitors came by to share in the celebration, reading aloud to a group of children from D.C. schools CentroNía and Payne Elementary: Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. (NJ) read Last Stop on Market Street; Senator Jack Reed (RI) read Drum Dream Girl and Congressman Mark Takano (CA) read Book Fiesta!

Looking ahead to Día’s next 20 years

7th annual Diapalooza 2016Pat was honored to have been chosen to give The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, “Bookjoy! Alegria en los Libros!”, on April 15, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA. She shared some personal bookjoy stories and made reference to Día’s origins, but she also expanded on her ideas for raising a nation of readers, and how she sees collaboration as the next important step in Día’s journey. Watch the lecture here:

Día celebrations: outside the box

7th annual Diapalooza 2016It’s wonderful to see the variety of Día celebrations going on this month! Here are a few unique ones that caught our eye:

Jefferson High School Library, El Paso, Texas
Many elementary schools hold Día celebrations but it’s less likely to find them in the upper grades. The Día event at Jefferson is a celebration of literacy called “Ice Cream for Books.” All faculty, staff, students and their families are invited to enjoy free books (thanks to a grant from First Book), a literary fair, ice cream sandwiches, and arts and crafts.
Happy 20th Dia
Fort Bragg Library, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Sometimes simple is best! On April 29, the library is offering a bilingual story time for military children and their families.

Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of English, Tempe, Arizona
The 2013 Mora Award winner ASU is hosting their 6th annual Día celebration on May 2! 625 middle and high school students from throughout Arizona will visit, hearing keynotes from authors René Saldaña and Isabel Quintero and from other authors presenting hands-on interactive literacy workshops. All students will receive a free book written by one of the featured keynote authors.
Watch the videos of the 5th annual celebration.

Griot in Greenville!, Greenville, Alabama
Through a partnership with the Alabama Touring Artist Program, the school will host “The Dancing Story Lady,” aka Deborah Ferguson, on Friday, May 6. She will present The Laughing River, an interactive show which includes storytelling, singing and dancing. Students will participate through snapping, clapping, singing, and group line dances. Our “griot” (African term for ‘storyteller’ or ‘teacher’) will demonstrate how dance, music, and storytelling are integral parts of the cultures found in Africa.

Homer Public Library, Homer, Alaska
The Homer Library’s Día celebration featured a Russian Language story time!
Russian Story Time Homer Alaska

First Book models Día collaboration

7th annual Diapalooza 2016Since coming on board as a Día partner, literacy organization First Book has worked tirelessly to support and promote Día, working within their own network and partnering with other organizations. Gracias, First Book!

The Estela and Raúl Mora Award
This year, First Book has partnered with the Mora family to serve as judges for the Mora Awards. Winners will receive a $1,000 First Book Marketplace credit and a plaque to be displayed in a public area by the winning institution, plus two honor awards of $500 in First Book Marketplace credits. Applications are open until June 20 – read the application guidelines.

First Book

2016 Día Booklists
First Book has collaborated with ALSC to help libraries access the books on the 2016 Día booklists by identifying which books are available through the First Book Marketplace. By registering with First Book, librarians and others serving children in areas of high poverty can access books at little or no cost.

Resources to Explore Latino Culture
Through collaboration with REFORMA, First Book has created activity-filled tip sheets and paired them with a selection of books from their Latino Culture section.

More Día from First Book:
Five Fun Ideas to Celebrate Día
Día Planning Guide