Friday, April 29, 2011

Día! Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books

April 30, 2011 marks the 15th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día.

Why is Día so important?
 Día supports literacy through assisting parents who are learning English and encouraging parents to inspire their children to read by reading to them regularly at home.

Books bring families together, and reading daily to your child for at least twenty minutes can become a family tradition. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
      Arlington Public Library wants to help!

      • We maintain a robust English/Spanish bilingual children's collection, a small part of which is highlighted in our Bilingual booklist for elementary-age children.
      • We also offer Cuentos para Niños family storytimes. 
      • And in collaboration with AVN, Mariela Aguilar, one of our talented children's librarians, has long been involved with the innovative bilingual program, Cuentos y Más, which you can watch for free!

      And take a look at this excellent information sheet from the Día website, which includes helpful hints in English and Spanish about reading with your children, as well as more book suggestions.

      So read together and tell your stories. Bring your children to the library. Make it a family tradition!