ALSC Becomes National Center for El Día de los Niños/ El Día...

ALSC Becomes National Center for El Día de los Niños/ El Día de los Libros



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Chicago, IL—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 19, 2005–The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is very pleased to announce it is now the national center for El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book). The annual celebration also known as Dia, takes place every April 30 and through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ALSC will annually coordinate with other national organizations to promote the Día celebration, including REFORMA – the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros brings together children, books, languages and cultures. It is both a daily commitment and an annual celebration of the joys and wonders of childhood and the importance of literacy in the lives of families. Nationally hundreds of libraries will host Dia celebrations with family programs including bilingual story hours, book giveaways, and other literacy events.

“April 30, and every day, is a day to celebrate childhood and books in all our lives,” said ALSC President Gretchen Wronka. “ALSC is proud to be the center for Día activities, and we look forward to partnering with REFORMA and other organizations on those activities.”

Día spreads “bookjoy” by linking children from all languages and cultures with books, honors children, their languages and culture; encourages reading and literacy; and promotes library collections and programs that reflects the country’s changing populations.

The celebration is an enhancement 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. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. It was designated by the United Nations for November 20, by UNICEF for April 23, and by Mexico for April 30 (Día del Niño). In 1996, nationally acclaimed author Pat Mora, proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy.

“How exciting that ALSC is welcoming the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros,” said Mora. “ALA and a nation of committed librarians – what a grand home!”

For more information about El día de los niños/El día de los libros please visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/eldia.html.

ALSC, found in 1941, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of service to children in all types of libraries.

Editors Note:

Reporters interested in scheduling interviews with ALA bilingual spokespersons or Pat Mora, or El día de los niños/El día de los libros artwork may contact Macey Morales, ALA Media Relations, 312-280-4393.

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CONTACT:

ALA Media Relations

Larra Clark / Macey Morales

312-280-5043 / 4393

ALSC Becomes National Center for El Día de los Niños/ El Día de los Libros