Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day!

Join the party!  On Sunday, April 27, the Erlanger Branch Library will host our annual celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros – Children’s Day/Book Day.  This event is a celebration of children and literacy, with an emphasis on the diversity of families and languages in our community. Día is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.  This daily commitment culminates each year in a community wide celebration on or near April 30th .

El día de los niños/El día de los libros has its roots in the observance of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 as a result of the first “World Conference for the Well Being of Children” in Geneva, Switzerland.  All over the world, countries adopted official dates to celebrate Children’s Day.  The United States is one of the few developed countries that did not designate an official Children’s Day observance!  Our neighbor Mexico selected April 30 as their day to celebrate children, and they named it El día de los niños – Children’s Day.  This day is quite a huge celebration across Mexico!  Schools have carnivals, towns have parades, and children receive special treats.  Mexican immigrants in the American southwest brought their observance of Children’s Day into their communities in this country, and in 1996, a children’s author named Pat Mora noticed (www.patmora.com ).  She thought it was a wonderful idea to celebrate children, but her background as an educator and author led her to think that it would be even better to celebrate children’s books!  That was the beginning of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Over the years, with the support of children’s librarians and teachers, Pat Mora’s idea has spread across the country.  This year, hundreds of libraries and schools will celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day sometime near April 30.

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For a decade now, the Kenton County Public Library has partnered with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (www.cincinnatilibrary.org ) to present one community Día celebration.  We alternate locations each year.  This year, the celebration will be held at the Erlanger Branch on Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We will have book related crafts to enjoy, as well as face painting and mascot meet-and-greet opportunities. At 2:30, enjoy Family Zumba with Deb Yaeger of Deb’s Fitness Party (www.debsfitnessparty.com ).  At 3:15, there will be a demonstration of Korean Martial Arts with Mr. Kim’s Martial Arts, a local Erlanger organization (www.kimskoreanmartialarts.com ).  At 3:45, join us for International Storytime.  This is always a highlight of our celebration.  We will gather as many as 10 individuals who speak different languages, and read the same book in all those languages!  Our celebration ends at 4:00 with our Mascot Macarena dance party.  We will also provide a free book for every child ages 12 and under who attends our celebration, while supplies last.

Please contact Lise Tewes at the Erlanger Branch Library (859-962-4000 X4109; lise.tewes@kentonlibrary.org ) if you have questions or want more information.  We hope to see you on Sunday, April 27 to enjoy El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

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