Libraries and schools around the United States will spend April 30 celebrating El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros, a holiday honoring children, family literacy and multilingualism.
Loosely based on Children’s Day celebrations from around the world (particularly Mexico) festivities in the United States began in 1997 largely through the efforts of children’s author Pat Mora.
Libraries celebrate with bilingual story times, book clubs, fiestas and programs that include people from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
In honor of El Día, think about visiting the library and checking out one of the North Olympic Library System’s bilingual or Spanish books. All four branches of the North Olympic Library System have a collection of bilingual materials in Spanish for children and adults.
Search in the catalog by limiting the format to “español” to get a list of materials in Spanish. If you are interested in finding a book in a different language, the library may be able to get it through interlibrary loan; talk to library staff for information.
Get into the spirit of the day with these books from the NOLS collection:
The North Olympic Library will celebrate El Día at the Port Angeles Library on April 30 at 6:30 p.m. with a special bilingual story time, a piñata, crafts and food.