Texas librarians have been leading and sharing Día celebrations for 20 years! Here are a few of this year’s events.
Brownsville School District
Administration, teachers and parents from thirty-seven elementary schools have collaborated to present Brownsville’s third Día celebration, focusing on Early Childhood. Activities include music, poetry, videos, school presentation and technology and culminate with a book giveaway on April 30. Author Rene Saldana, Jr. and illustrator Carolyn D. Flores will be visiting some of the schools to share their book Dale, Dale, Dale. Watch a video about Brownsville’s 2015 celebration.
Fort Worth Library
Books, crafts and other activities will emphasize the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum specifically wildlife and extinct species. Participants will recognize cultural differences; use scientific investigation and reasoning; and learn that living organisms interact with others present in the ecosystem on a daily basis for survival.
El Paso Public Library
El Paso has consistently held an impressive Día celebration, routinely drawing 20–30,000 attendees and giving away up to 30,000 books to children who might not otherwise have a book of their own. The El Paso Public Library and the Parks and Recreation Department have worked together to organize the celebration for the past 18 years. This year’s celebration will be held on April 30 in Washington Park from 10 am – 4 pm.
A huge thank you to Día’s friends at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, who have created the wonderful Lone Star Día resource page to help planners.