Professional Development

Free Día and Diversity webinars

ALSC is happy to offer three free webcasts to assist with your Día planning and multicultural programming.

Building STEAM with Día: The Whys and Hows to Getting Started Instructed by Amy Koester
Did you know that minorities are underrepresented in STEAM education and professional fields, and that children of color routinely score below their white peers in math and science? The library can help bridge this STEAM gap with programs and services developed with the intent of having a positive impact on every child who participates. Whether you're new to STEAM or have offered STEAM programs before, this webinar will equip you with tools and resources to ensure that your STEAM programming reaches the full spectrum of your community. 

Cultural Literacy @your library Webcast Archive Instructed by Jamie Campbell Naidoo
Are you culturally literate? Do you know how to plan and promote programs and services for diverse populations of children and their families? Watch this free webcast archive in order to explore your understanding of various cultures and to learn how to create culturally sensitive library programming that promotes cultural literacy and connects many children from many cultures.

Día 201: Community Partnerships, Marketing, and Funding Instructed by Sally Miculek
Learn how to expand on your El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Dia) programming by taking Dia beyond the library walls.  Participants will discuss large scale Dia events, strategies for community collaboration, grant opportunities, and ideas for creating a Dia “season” or year-round Dia-related events.

Día Programs and Presentations

Librarians, authors and literacy advocates have conducted great Día programs and presentations at conference throughout the country over the years. Below is a sample of these programs.

Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books: Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Día – June 25, 2011, ALA Annual Conference; New Orleans, LA
Día founder, Pat Mora, author Jeanette Larson, children's literature consultant Oralia Garza de Cortés, ALSC Past-President Cynthia Richey and REFORMA President Lucia Gonzalez were among the speakers at the Día program and celebration. Pictured are tabletop exhibits featuring Día programming ideas from libraries winning the ALSC/Dollar General Literacy Foundation mini-grants, and Mora Award, among others; music for the celebration; and an appreciative audience. Download Presentation.

Día is Diversity in Action – June 28, 2010, ALA Annual Conference; Washington, DC
PLEASE NOTE:  The original speakers were unable to present their program:  Irania Patterson and Meryl Leonard from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Presenting their material was Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Assistant & Pauline Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor, University of Alabama – SLIS, Tuscaloosa, AL; and Oralia Garza de Cortés, Latino Children’s Literature Consultant, Austin, TX. Download Presentation.

Developing Cultural Competence by Using El día de los niños/El día de los libros to Celebrate Literacy Throughout the Year! – September 20, 2008, REFORMA National Conference; El Paso, TX
Speakers include Elva Garza, Managing Librarian, St. John’s Branch, Austin Public Library, Austin, Texas;  Donie Gignac, Senior Librarian/Children’s Services, Valencia Branch, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, Arizona;  and Patricia Montiel Overall, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona/School of Information Resources & Library Science, Tucson, Arizona. Download Presentation 1. Download Presentation 2.

Engaging Your Community in Día Partnerships – June 2007, ALA Annual Conference; Washington, DC
Program given by Ellen Fader and Oralia Garza de Cortés' presentation. Download Cortés Presentation. Download Fader Presentation.

Collaborating for Literacy through Culture and Community: Día and NCTE – November 17, 2006, National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention; Nashville, TN
Program was developed and presented by then-ALSC Executive Director, Diane Foote.  Download Presentation.

Día Products

Look for these available Día products in the ALA Store.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día by Jeanette Larson explores the celebration of children, families, and reading held annually since 1996, Children’s Day/Book Day, known as Día. This book presents a wealth of ready-to-use programs, easily adaptable for a variety of cultures; cultural competency training tips to encourage outreach to minority populations; and interviews with library directors about the best ways to heighten awareness of cultural and literacy issues.

Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books poster and bookmark 
Order your Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books poster and bookmarks that features original artwork by Maya Christina Gonzalez.