Dia! Diversity in Action

Dia_Hi_ColorAre you celebrating Dia? More formally known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Dia is a celebration held on April 30 that “emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.”

Recently on the blog we’ve highlighted the importance of diversity in your collection, and Dia is a great way to celebrate diversity at your library.

To help you celebrate, ALA has put together a publicity toolkit, with templates for press releases and PSAs, as well as talking points. There are also downloadable program materials, including event posters, a resource guide, book lists, and coloring and activity sheets. The resource guide provides ideas for programs, outreach, and partnerships, as well as best practices. There is also a Dia Family Book Club Toolkit.

If you are hosting an event at your library, register your event so people will be able to locate Dia events in their area.

Do you celebrate Dia at your library? How else do you celebrate literacy and diversity at your library? Share your stories in the comments.

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