The theme of this year’s School Library month is “Because School Libraries Empower Students.” Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.
School librarians are important Día advocates! Download the Día Planning Booklet and join us in celebrating all our children and exciting them about bookjoy.
In 1997, the first annual Día celebrations were held in cities including El Paso and Austin. Texas has continued to support Día, thanks to advocates like Sara Ortiz, Communications & Marketing Specialist at the Texas Library Association (TLA) and Rebekah Manley, Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book.
Sara says, “No one school, town, city, or state library is the other, and neither are readers, which is precisely why celebrations such as Día are more crucial today than ever before. To celebrate Día is to celebrate growth and literacy.”
This spring, TLA has encouraged libraries statewide to participate in Día:
Thanks to the enthusiasm of Día Dynamo Roxanna Barillas, Día partner First Book continues to support and promote Día, working within their own network and partnering with other organizations. Gracias, First Book!
The Estela and Raúl Mora Award was established in 2000 by author Pat Mora and her family to honor their parents and to motivate libraries to celebrate Día. The award is now coordinated by First Book. In 2017 the Mora Award will be 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. Find out more.
5/1/17 – Mora Award submissions open
6/30/17 – Mora Award submissions close
9/2017 – Mora Award winner and two honor awards announced
Día partner Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) is pleased to announce the two winners of their 2017 Día Grant with an African American Focus. The 2017 winners are Alturas International Academy Library in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Quinby Street Resource Center Library in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Alturas International Academy Library’s Día event theme is: “Beauty in the World: Celebrating Día.” Students will spend three weeks researching notable figures, primarily African Americans, whose contributions have made this world a more beautiful place and who inspire them in some way. The culminating Día event will be held April 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Quinby Street Resource Center Library’s Día event theme is: “Passing the Baton: The Influence of Frederick and Patricia McKissack’s Children’s Books…a Día Program.” The event will be held on April 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
After their programs have been held, each winner will receive the grant reward of $500 in selected multicultural children’s books from CSMCL.
It’s National Library Week, a perfect time to say “cheers” to Día Dynamo Meryle Leonard, Outreach Manager at the Mora Award-winning Public Library of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, who sent us a note about their upcoming Día celebration!