The Land of Enchantment has some powerful Día advocates, among them Deanne Dekle, Youth Services & Outreach Consultant at the New Mexico State Library and Flo Trujillo, Youth Services Coordinator of the Farmington, NM Public Library.
Deanne says: "I’ve been educating the public library staff on how to celebrate Día and encouraging them to include Día in their youth services programming." She shares resources on the New Mexico State Library Día website.
Our first Día Dynamo, Flo Trujillo, continues to grow Día in New Mexico. She and Farmington librarians and helpers will be distributing 100 books in backpacks this weekend. The Día celebration continues when schools visit the Farmington Library May 4.
Our loyal supporters, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, will be promoting Día at Oklahoma State University’s new literacy event, “OSU Celebrate Community—with Poetry.” In support of this celebration, Pomelo Books has donated 100+ assorted books for use in community schools and as event prizes.
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.