CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded 20 mini-grants to libraries across the country in honor of Día’s 20th anniversary. Día, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) was envisioned by children’s book author, Pat Mora and founded in partnership with REFORMA. It is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Día is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures which culminates yearly on April 30.
The Día Turns 20 mini-grants are made possible by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The ALSC members who receive these mini-grants on behalf of their libraries will use them to make their Día Turns 20 celebrations even more impactful.
“Congratulations to the 20 libraries who will be receiving this support to celebrate the exciting 20th year of Día,” said ALSC President Andrew Medlar, “and sincere thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for making these extra special celebrations possible as ALSC members continue to work in putting Diversity in Action in our communities every day."
The mini-grant recipients are: Athens Regional Library System (Georgia), Auburn Public Library (Maine), Boone County Public Library (Kentucky), Catawba County Library System (North Carolina), Charleston County Public Library - Dorchester Road Regional Branch (South Carolina), Gloucester County Library System Glassboro Branch Library (New Jersey), Hutto Public Library (Texas), Kyle Public Library (Texas), North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch of the Broward County Library System (Florida) Old Bridge Public Library (New Jersey), Oxnard Public Library (California), Prince George's County Memorial Library System (Maryland), Sioux Center Public Library (Iowa), Socorro Public Library (New Mexico), Southeast Branch Library (Tennessee), Union City Public Library (New Jersey), Woodland Public Library (California), Yolo County Library (California), Ypsilanti District Library (Michigan) and Yuma County Library District (Arizona).
Día mini-grants are one way that ALSC is encouraging libraries to celebrate Día’s 20th. ALSC also manages the National Día Program Registry to help libraries and community partners share information about their Día programs throughout the year. For more information about additional Día resources, visit http://dia.ala.org/.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the national home for Día. In 1996, Pat Mora, nationally acclaimed author of books for children and adults, proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy under the name El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Her proposal was later endorsed by Día Founding Partner REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.
The Association for Library Service to Children is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries.
Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA, has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share their goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.
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