At Brooklyn Public Library, we're gearing up for Día celebrations across the borough on or around April 30th. Check our events page for an updated list of Día programs happening in our branch libraries. Día as an acronym stands for Diversity In Action, and aims to celebrate diverse communities and literature.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:
Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
Learn more about Día on the ALA website.
On April 30th at 3:30pm, the Bedford Branch will host a bilingual storytime featuring the book Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong. After the story, children will make their own paintings on a tortilla canvas! For more information on this program, click here.
Marcy Branch will host Dance of the African Diaspora. This program celebrates differences and similarities of dances within the African Diaspora. Starting in West Africa, going to the Caribbean & Latin America, finally landing in the United States. Using movement and music, students will go on an interactive dance tour to navigate through history in efforts of connecting cultures. Part dance performance, part dance instruction, 100% excitement! Ages 5 and up welcome. Click here for more information.
Visit Clarendon Branch for a special storytime and craft featuring the work of Hispanic American authors Yuyi Morales and Matt de al Peña in celebration of Día de los Libros 2018. The storytime will be bilingual in English and Spanish. Click here for more information.
For DIA! programs happening across the library system, view our online events calendar.
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