Evolving Día Timeline
Happy 20th Anniversary to Día!
Día partners helped to promote the 20th anniversary celebration through social media. Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal published interviews with founder Pat Mora. Celebrations large and small took place nationwide! The National Día Program Registry, managed by The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, reported 560 programs (from 40 states) entered for 2016, with an estimated 103, 635 participants! (The ALSC Registry reflects only those libraries who submit events to ALSC and is thus a partial estimate of Día April celebrations.)
Día’s 20th anniversary celebrated on Capitol Hill
ALSC’s Angela Hubbard, a Día Dynamo, organized a Capitol Celebration at which school children and their teachers joined Día partners Andrew Medlar, ALSC President, Día Dynamo Roxana Barillas of First Book and and Leslie Getzinger from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for a 20th anniversary Día celebration on Capitol Hill, complete with books, cake and lemonade. Senator Jack Reed (RI), Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. (NJ), and Congressman Mark Takano (CA) read to the children and encouraged them to be readers. More photos.
Día in Texas and New Mexico
Thanks to the leadership of Día Dynamos Mark Smith, Director and Librarian, Texas State Library and Archive Commission, and Pat Smith, Executive Director, Texas Library Association, Texas libraries celebrated Lone Star Día. Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, New Mexico State Librarian, and her team also promoted Día throughout New Mexico libraries.
First Book to judge the Estela and Raúl Mora Award
With the enthusiastic support of Roxana Barillas, Director of Hispanic Engagement, First Book will serve as judges for the 2016 Mora Awards.
20th Anniversary Día Videos for Sharing
Día Dynamos Christy Vasquez, a retired librarian, and Thom Eberhardt, a retired screenwriter, created and filmed five video shorts to assist in promoting Día’s 20th Anniversary nationally.
Third edition of the Día planning booklet
Children’s Days, Book Days: Planning for a Día Year was revised and updated.
Second Día video
Día video with a recap of some 2014 and 2015 Día celebrations.
REFORMA and 15 years of the Mora Award
The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos & the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) completes its 15th year of judging the Estela and Raúl Mora Award. Committee chairs included Día Dynamos and Librarians Beatriz Pascual Wallace and Lupita Arroyo.
Día Family Book Club won USBBY Bridge to Understanding Award
The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) awarded the 2014 Bridge to Understanding Award to ALSC’s Día Family Book Club, for introducing books about diverse cultures from around the world to children and families through a series of book discussions. USBBY has been a staunch Día supporter since 2000.
San Francisco Día
Mora Award winner San Francisco Public Library partnered with local nonprofits to create their 15th annual Día celebration.
Library of Congress: Día is Culturally Relevant
Día was recognized by the Library of Congress in its Literacy Awards Best Practices publication which reviews submissions made for its three awards and highlights exemplary practices implemented by programs that address illiteracy, aliteracy, or both, in the United States and globally.
2nd Edition of Día Planning Booklet
The second edition of the Día Planning Booklet.
Día Family Book Club Debut
ALSC began the Día Family Book Club. Through shared discussion and reflection, families can explore themes and issues that matter and learn how to better help their child to enjoy and understand the importance of reading.
First Día video
First video of 2012 Día celebrations.
Día Advocates A to Zing
Pat celebrated all Día advocates with a colorful poster!
Día videos from ¡Colorín Colorado!
Día Dynamo Lydia Breiseth, Manager at WETV’s ¡Colorín Colorado! created a series of videos with Pat about Día. Lydia creatively promotes literacy for Spanish-speaking families and connects them to Día.
Día mini-grants for libraries
ALSC worked with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support fifteen mini-grants of $4,000 or $6,000 for the expansion of Día in libraries that demonstrated a need to better address the diverse backgrounds within their communities.
Día Planning Booklet arrives
The first edition of Pat’s Día Planning Booklet “15 Día Nuggets for Día’s 15th Anniversary.”
Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día
ALSC published a book by librarian Jeanette Larson with a collection of Día programming ideas: El día de los niños/El día de los libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día.
Visual Día History
Our first visual history of Día.
First Annual Díapalooza
Pat’s Bookjoy blog celebrates Díapalooza, an every-day-in-April celebration on social media, for the first time.
Arte Público Press encouraged celebrations
Arte Público Press issued a special book discount for the first time, to encourage libraries to include book sharing in their Día celebrations. Arte Público continues this fine tradition.
Book Fiesta published
HarperCollins published Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day/Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros written by Pat and illustrated by Rafael López.
Bookjoy blog launch
Pat launched the Bookjoy blog. The first post shared her upcoming Día travel schedule, with stops at the University of Southern Mississippi, Seattle Public Library, Multnomah County Library, and Riverside County Public Libraries.
Libraries invited to register Día events
ALSC established a Día registry, inviting libraries to submit their events. Over 300 libraries in 38 states participated in 2008. (The ALSC Registry reflects only those libraries who submit events to ALSC and is thus a partial estimate of Día April celebrations.) Registrants received a total of about 68,000 complimentary bilingual brochures featuring Dora the Explorer and her friend, Boots.
Random House produced Día brochure
Random House created a Día celebration guide for librarians with activities, book lists, bookmarks and organizational ideas.
Expanded Día programs at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Día Dynamo, Librarian Meryle Leonard and her colleagues at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has celebrated Día since 1998. In 2007, the Library expanded its promotion state-wide to include workshops and surveys for librarians and educators in North Carolina and state-wide webinar training. Over the years, NC Día was expanded from a small storytelling celebration to the impactful, community cultural celebration it is today.
Dr. Jaime Naidoo champions Día
Since 2007, through his enthusiastic presentations, conference organizing, published work, classes/workshops, and collaborative work with REFORMA and ALSC/ALA, Dr. Jaime Naidoo (AL) has increased and deepened knowledge about Día and its literacy relevance.
Día Public Service Announcements available
ALSC invited Pat to record some Día Public Service Announcements to share, encouraging families to participate in Día celebrations.