ALSC discusses El día de los niños/El día de los libros, April 30

Contact: Jennifer Petersen
ALA PR Coordinator
312-280-5043
jpetersen@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release:
April 28, 2009

CHICAGO – Linda Mays, program officer for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), discusses El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), a national celebration of children, families and reading, in a podcast on the American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office (PIO) blog, Visibility @ your library.

Held annually each April 30, El día de los niños/El día de los libros, or Día ( www.ala.org/dia), is a national celebration that brings together children, books, languages and cultures emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

In the podcast, Mays discusses Día as an “opportunity to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children as well as their languages and culture.”

The podcast can be found by visiting the Visibility @ your library blog at www.pio.ala.org/visibility

Sponsored by ALSC, a division of the ALA, Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy. REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, is a founding partner.

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 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.

For more information, please visit the Día Web site at www.ala.org/dia or contact Jennifer Petersen at 312-280-5043, jpetersen@ala.org.