Because School Libraries Empower Students

8th annual diapaloozaThe 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.

School Library Month

Savor the Earth’s Beauty

8th annual diapaloozaThis year’s Earth Day celebration, April 22, is focused on education with the theme Environmental & Climate Literacy. Celebrate bookjoy and the beauty of the earth with these books about nature:

Illustration by Daniel Lechon from The Desert is My Mother

Illustration by Daniel Lechon from The Desert is My Mother

Día, Deep in the Heart of Texas

8th annual diapaloozaIn 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 Ortiz

Sara Ortiz

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:

Rebekah Manley

Rebekah Manley

The Texas Center for the Book works with the Texas State Library and Archives to spread the Día message across the state:

  • Distribute a Día press release from the State Library
  • Maintain a year-round Día website
  • Create and distribute special Día bookmarks at the Texas Library Association Conference
  • Encourage Texans to participate via social media

Celebrate Día with First Book!

8th annual diapaloozaThanks 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!

Celebrating DíaFirst Book

Mora Award

Roxana Barillas

Roxana Barillas

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 Grant Winners from CSMCL

8th annual diapaloozaDía 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.
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April Means Día at ALSC!

8th annual diapaloozaThe Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) provides many Día resources on their website and Facebook page, including:

Don’t forget to add your Día programs to the ALSC Program Registry!
ALSC Dia 2017