Día! Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books
As the nation’s population continues to become more diverse, the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library (MMSCL) will join hundreds of libraries in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Día. The library will showcase a variety of multicultural programs and services for children and families on Saturday, April 30th, from 2-4 pm.
Día, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
“Libraries are part of the American Dream, places that support family, education, self-help and lifelong learning,” said Kerri Rosalia, Director, MMSCL. “Through literacy events and programs like Día, libraries are working with parents and caregivers to raise avid readers.”
During Día, MMSCL will offer crafts, music, entertainment and family fun! Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to