¡Celebramos!

Use our interactive map to search for events in your area. To access information about past events, scroll down below the map to use the drop-down options. Find out how others across the country celebrate literature, culture, and family! 

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2013

Children at Springdale Public Library in Arkansas celebrate Día.

The Día 2013 season was a huge success with a record 527 libraries hosting Día programs of all shapes and sizes.  Over 25 different languages were featured at celebrations in 40 states.  Día programs ranged from an outdoor festival in San Francisco to storyteller’s reading classic children’s books in English, Spanish and Japanese in Athens, Tennessee to everything in between! 

The 2013 Día season was also the inaugural year for the Día Family Book Club.  Through the Everyone Reads @ your library grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) administered 12 grants to public libraries to host book clubs for their community.  Download and use the free Día Family Book Club Toolkit to assist in creating a club at your library today!

Through Día, libraries Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.  Programs nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture. 

Be part of the Diversity in Action next year, and throughout the year, by hosting and registering your Día programs!  And be sure to check out all of the great resources that ALSC makes available to help aid your celebration!

2011

Día 2011 celebration

Highlights and pictures of Día 2011 were contributed by the more than 300 libraries that registered their celebrations.  Included are pictures of Pat Mora’s presentation on Dia’s 15th anniversary, April 30, at the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona (the site of one of the first Día celebrations in 1997).

2010

Dia 2010

2010 was a good year for Día. Almost 300 libraries, both public and school libraries, registered their celebrations with ALSC. Celebration activities included both parents and grandparents, along with their children. Libraries held events in their libraries, in near-by parks, and even held a tailgate patry that featured like-minded community organizations. All joined in the celebration of literacy for all families in every community.

2009

Dia 2009

2009 saw Día celebrations grow across the country. Children and families from California to Florida and New York State participated in library programs on or near April 30. Programs included bilingual story times, guest appearances by authors, crafts, puppetry and musci. Many cultures were celebrated, because Día is about all children and cultures.

2008

Dia 2008

Día celebrated in the U.S. Senate! Rep. Honda (D-CA) reads with area children.

Once again, thanks to the ongoing support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, more than 300 libraries in 38 states celebrated El día de los niños/El día de los libros in 2008. The libraries that registered their Día events with ALSC received a total of about 68,000 complimentary bilingual brochures. The brochures featured Dora the Explorer™ and her friend, Boots. ALA Graphics also offered a Dora poster and bookmark for sale. Libraries shared wonderful plans for their Día events. Most plans included children and their families, books and music.

Día, held annually on April 30, celebrates books, language and culture, and allows libraries the opportunity to demonstrate their value within the community as vibrant, cultural, and family-friendly institutions.

Access information about 2008 events by using the drop-down options below our interactive map showing this year's events.

2007

Dia Phoenix Girl

With more than 450 libraries in over 40 states participating and offering exciting events and activities from author and illustrator visits to storytelling under the stars, from kite making to papel picado paper crafting, the 2007 El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) celebration was a great success. Día, held annually on April 30, celebrates books, language, and culture, and allows libraries the opportunity to demonstrate their value within the community as vibrant, cultural, and family-friendly institutions.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), national home of Día, and Target, official national sponsor of Día 2007, gave away 60,000 complimentary Día brochures, featuring recommended children’s books and tips for parents on reading to/with their children, and 60,000 bookmarks to more than 450 libraries that registered their Día event information online by April 16th. Even the U.S. Senate got into the act! 

In addition, ALSC and Target provided mini-grants of $5,000 plus a suite of Día-themed promotional materials to eight model public library systems, including El Paso (Texas) Public Library, Hennepin County (Minn.) Library, Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.), Queens (N.Y.) Public Library, Riverside County (Calif.) Library System, Broward County (Fla.) Library System, Providence (R.I.) Public Library, and Phoenix (Az.) Public Library. These "Super Sites" put grant funds towards purchasing culturally-relevant books for permanent collections or giveaways and/or to fund Día programs. Each Super Site also received a large display banner, bookplates, and bilingual Día brochures and bookmarks.

2006

Dia Cake

ALSC President Ellen Fader, Día Founder Pat Mora, and
REFORMA Operational Coordinator for Día, Oralia Garza de Cortes.

More photos from the Día tenth anniversary celebration in San Antonio (January 2006)