Community invited to annual celebration of bilingual literacy at library Friday

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Children work on crafts at last years Dia de los Ninos/Book Day celebration at the Forest Grove City Library.Librarians at the the Forest Grove City Library are busily preparing for the biggest event of the year on Friday.

Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros — or Children’s Day/Book Day — is a celebration of bilingual literacy sponsored by Friends of the Forest Grove Library and supported by volunteers from Adelante Chicas.

This will be the the seventh year for the popular celebration, according to librarian Linda Stiles Taylor. Last year’s event drew about 275 people.

Visitors are invited to celebrate from 10 a.m. to noon with a variety of crafts, face painting, refreshments, door prizes and entertainment.

From 10 to 11:15 a.m., crafts and activities for all ages will be available. Children can make paper flowers, a collage and a book on a string. Two face painters will be on hand to decorate young faces.

In addition, all participating children will get to select a paperback book to take home, donated by All Together Now, a western Washington County all-volunteer arts and literacy organization. Books will be available in both English and Spanish, Taylor said.

At 11:15 a.m., the Mid-City Breakers breakdancing troupe will perform. Taylor expects about 15 breakdancers to put on an entertaining show.

Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros is observed nationally on or around April 30.

A literacy initiative, this collaboration between libraries, schools and community organizations was introduced in 1997. Teachers and librarians across the country joined together to celebrate childhood and bilingual literacy using the traditional Latin American El Dia del Niño celebration.

There is no school Friday for Forest Grove School District students.

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