This year marks the 23rd year of Día celebrations– and Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona has held events for every one of those years! Each Pima library branch celebrates Children’s Day, Book Day a little differently:
Martha Cooper Library is having a book giveaway during their storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers; crafts, and a “Children’s Day Around the World” program.
Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Library is hosting “La Mariposa Puppet Show.”
Murphy-Wilmot Library is also having a puppet show, “Dancing in the Desert,” as well as a special Teddy Bear Picnic Storytime.
Southwest Library will celebrate with teens and adults with their program “Creative Bookbinding for Teens and Adults.”
Sam Lena-South Tucson Library invites families to their celebration with “Family Storytime: Create a Square: Empowerment through Stories, Art and Perspective.”
System-wise, Pima continues their Día work through their summer reading program, Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories. They’ll have a Family Fiesta Summer Reading Kick-Off on Saturday, May 18 with free books, live stories, a bookmobile and craft projects.
Kendra Davey, Literacy Initiatives Program Manager, writes:
“In addition to our front-facing programs, we have been working quite a bit with our Children’s Services staff to think more deeply about what it means to celebrate Día De Los Niños, Día de los Libros and that having a program one time a year is important but not sufficient to serve our diverse community of families. To that end, we have started talking about DIA everyday with DIA representing diversity, inclusion, and access. We have had conversations and trainings about the importance of a diverse book collection, why representation in literature is so important for children’s self-identity, how to move beyond “cultural tourism” into cultural competence that is reflected in every interaction with the families we serve at the library. We still have a lot of work ahead of us to get this into the fabric of our libraries but we have really passionate, dedicated people here helping us do that work.”
Thanks to Kendra and everyone at Pima County Public Library for sharing bookjoy year-round!