Event concludes with DiA Day celebration at library May 3

Many children, many cultures, many books — it’s a month of international storytimes in April at the Canby Public Library, culminating with a DíA day celebration on May 3.

DíA is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

Pat Mora, poet and author of books for children, teens and adults, founded DiA in 1996.

REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, became her partner.

The common goals of DíA are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
  • Community members can choose from bilingual storytimes, media classes, music, art, performances, creativity workshops, cultural and social discussions and more.

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