CHICAGO, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) April 30
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, racially and ethnically diverse groups saw higher percentage growth rates than white populations from 2000-2010 and growth is expectefd to continue. On April 30, libraries will celebrate and explore our nation's rich tapestry of cultures during national El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day).
Also known as Dia, El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros, is a celebration every day of children, families and reading that culminates every year on April 30. Libraries will offer family programs, including bilingual story hours, book giveaways and other literacy driven events.
Research has shown that enjoying a book with a child even for a few minutes a day can make a measurable difference in both the appreciation of reading and the development of skills.
Dia emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Through literacy events and programs like Dia, libraries are working with parents and caregivers to spread "bookjoy." Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers; and that avid readers are lead by the reading habits of their parents.
"Libraries and library staff are critical to family literacy and multicultural awareness," said Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) President Mary Fellows. "Dia bridges cultures and provides an opportunity for families regardless of linguistic or cultural background to come together and learn from one another. We want parents and caregivers to know that the library is a place to learn, read and have fun - a place that the whole family can enjoy."