Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros
April 30 is the official date when libraries across the country will be celebrating children, books and families reading together under the banner Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros. But, at the San Antonio Public Library we’ve decided one day is not enough! Our week-long celebration for 2012 has been dubbed “Colores, Culturas y Idiomas” with events planned at branches throughout the city. A complete schedule of SAPL’s Día events is available on the library’s electronic calendar.
As celebrated by libraries and librarians, Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, a celebration which took hold in 1925 following the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. Each country selected its own day for the celebration with Mexico and many other Latin American countries choosing April 30.
In March 1996, while being interviewed in Tucson, Arizona, the author and poet Pat Mora learned about the holiday as it is celebrated in Mexico. Realizing that the United States had nothing similar, Pat proposed linking Children’s Day, the celebration of childhood and children, with literacy and bilingualism, creating a new holiday: Día de los niños/Día de los libros. You can read more about celebrations around the country on the Día website.