Join the Austin Public Library for Día de los Niños, Día de losLibros – Children’s Day, Book Day activities at libraries throughout Austin May 15 through June 2 including music, storytimes, art, crafts and even a planetarium!
All events are free and open to the public. For more information please call 512-974-7400 or visit library.austintexas.gov.
Austin Public Library’s 2018 Día partners include the Austin Public Library Foundation, BookSpring, Badgerdog Publishing; Baylor, Scott & White; Emma S Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center; KLRU; The Texas Book Festival; United Way of Central Texas; Thinkery and others.
If your organization is interested in sharing a literacy activity and community resources, please contact Paola Ferate-Soto at 512-974-9634 or paola.ferate-soto.
About Día de los Niños
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as 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.
Día de los Niños, or Children’s Day, is an annual celebration throughout Mexico, which recognizes children, pays homage to their importance in society and endorses their wellbeing. Pat Mora, a Texas native and nationally recognized author of children’s books, first heard of this Mexican holiday in 1996. Mora saw a natural link between promoting literacy and supporting the wellbeing of children.
After contacting several organizations, including the American Library Association, and engaging the work of various individuals and organizations, Día de los Niños, Día de losLibros became a reality on April 30, 1997. This event is now celebrated in numerous libraries and schools throughout the United States.