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Newark Library Focuses on America’s Latino Cultures for El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros
April 21, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Ina Rimpau at (973) 733-3637 or
Pamela Goldstein at (973) 228-4559

The Newark Public Library has wrapped its annual celebration of El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s day/Book day) in fun: fun stories, crafts, snacks and performances that are designed to promote reading and literacy for children. The celebration, scheduled for Saturday, May 3, is based on a traditional Mexican holiday celebrating the young child.

"El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros was so successful last year that we have expanded the celebration to include one of our branches," said Library Director Wilma J. Grey. "We also invite everyone to visit La Sala Hispanoamericana at the Main Library to check out books in Spanish."

This year the festivities will be held at two locations: a morning celebration at 10 a.m. at the North End Branch Library, 722 Summer Avenue, followed by a similar celebration at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, 5 Washington Street.

Each exciting event features arts and crafts for youngsters, a Spanish-language book vendor, refreshments and a performance by Taky Llaqta, a children’s Peruvian folk ensemble. The group takes the stage at 11:30 a.m. at the North End Branch, followed by bilingual storytime at 12:30 p.m. The celebration moves to the Main Library at 2 p.m., with Taky Llaqta performing at 3:30 p.m. and bilingual storytime at 4:30 p.m.

The special day was the brainchild of Patricia Mora, a Mexican-American children’s author and poet. On her website, Mora includes a short history of the day’s inception, writing that she remembers learning about the annual Mexican celebration on April 30th of "El día del niño" (Children’s day) during a 1996 interview for a University of Arizona public radio program.

"The festival day is designed to attract new users and new families to the Newark Public Library," said Ina Rimpau, children’s librarian. "We want to make sure all our residents are aware that the library is a resource that can help them achieve literacy regardless of what language they read."

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), helps sponsor El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), along with REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.

For more information about the program, please call Ina Rimpau at 973-733-7797.


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