Registration opens for 2014 National Día Program Registry

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/12/2013

Contact:

Joanna Ison
Program Officer for Projects & Partnerships
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
312-280-1398
jison@ala.org

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is inviting librarians to register their 2014 El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) programs in the Día National Program Registry.

By registering their Día programs held throughout the year in the national registry, libraries build a searchable database that showcases all types and sizes of Día programming. The information will display on the website, in both the map and database format, allowing you to share program information with other librarians and the public interested in learning more about Día programs happening around the country. Libraries that register will also receive Día stickers, buttons and bookmarks (while supplies last).

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.

“In communities across the country Día programs celebrate children and connect them to a world of learning through books and libraries,” said ALSC President Starr Latronica. “We encourage all libraries to register their own unique celebration helping to showcase the reach of Día and allow ALSC to expand this important initiative.”

Libraries can register at the new Día website, where ALSC also offers free program downloads, Día resources, and ideas for your celebration.

The Día celebration was founded in 1996 by children’s book author Pat Mora, who proposed conceptually linking the existing El Día del Niño with literacy. The founding partner of Día is REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. For more information on Día, please visit http://dia.ala.org.

 

About ALSC

ALSC, a division of the ALA, 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 ALSC’s website at http://www.ala.org/alsc.