[kids-lib] Día de los niños has a new website!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Nov 15 08:25:22 PST 2011

Hello!  I just received the following email announcing the new Día de los niños website: http://dia.ala.org/.  For those of you not familiar with Día, the website provides an excellent description:
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 yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Each year REFORMA<http://www.reforma.org/> (the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) identifies libraries who provide outstanding Día programs and present them with the Mora Award.  Last year Oregon's Springfield Public Library was one of the two award winners!  Details about the Mora Award application and guidelines for 2012 will be announced and posted by February 2012 at www.reforma.org<http://www.reforma.org/>. Additional award information, photos, and links can also be found on Pat Mora's website www.patmora.com/dia.htm<http://www.patmora.com/dia.htm>.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

ALSC [ALA's Association of Library Services to Children] releases new Día website

To better serve the growing population of libraries offering events for El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), also known as Día, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) released a new Día website, http://dia.ala.org.

The completely redesigned site includes a Día resource guide. The Día resource guide is designed for public and school librarians, giving them everything they need to produce a Día event at their library. Included in the resource guide is a program model, a planning timeline, best practices, outreach, partnerships and marketing and publicity, as well as funding ideas.

In 2012, ALSC is focusing on serving the needs of parents, caregivers and children. To that end, the site has created a new section devoted to ideas and resources for parents, caregivers and children.

Today, ALSC opened registration for Día events around the country. By registering with ALSC, libraries can spread the word about their event and help the public locate the activity closest to them. As it has in the past, ALSC will include a map of Día events around the country. More than 1,500 events have been registered with ALSC. Libraries that register their Día event will receive free Día stickers and buttons, while supplies last.

The Día celebration was founded in 1996 by children's book author Pat Mora, who proposed conceptually linking the existing Children's Day with literacy. The founding partner of Día is REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Literacy and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.

ALSC is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit www.ala.org/alsc<http://www.ala.org/alsc>.

Dan Rude
Membership/Marketing Specialist
Association for Library Service to Children
drude at ala.org<mailto:drude at ala.org>

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