ALSC receives grant to promote El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros

Contact: Linda Mays


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For Immediate Release


April 2002

ALSC receives grant to promote El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros

The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is proud to announce a new initiative to increase public awareness of El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros: a celebration of children, families and reading.

ALSC received a $50,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to produce and disseminate a brochure for parents featuring a booklist by and about Latinos. ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), also is collaborating with the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) and the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) on this effort.

El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is observed annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. The celebration is cross-cultural and intergenerational.

"April 30 is a day to celebrate the joys and wonders of childhood and the importance of books in our lives," said ALSC President Carole Fiore. "ALSC is proud to be part of this effort to increase the visibility of this event, and we're grateful to the Kellogg Foundation for their support."

Free copies of the brochure will be available starting March 25 and will be mailed to ALSC, REFORMA and NABE members. In addition to the bilingual booklist for children primarily ages birth through eight years, the brochure also features tips for parents on how, when and why to read to very young children and ideas for encouraging reading in children ages 5 and older. ALSC also will provide tips for librarians and other community service staff on using the brochure. The brochure and suggestions for El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros events can be found online at www.ala.org/alsc.

Libraries, school or REFORMA chapters sponsoring El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros events also can apply for the annual Estela and Raul Mora Award, which consists of $500 and a plaque. For guidelines on how to apply, see the REFORMA Web site at
reforma.org/ REFORMA is an affiliate of the ALA.