El Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros Celebrating Children and Books

For Immediate Release:

April 11, 2013

El Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

Celebrating Children and Books

Sunday, April 14, Mission Branch Library

Rooted in a Latin American tradition, El Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros is a child-centered event with the goals of promoting literacy and unifying families of all cultures. San Francisco’s first Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros was in 1999 and each year since then, organizers continue to volunteer their time and resources to achieve the goal of promoting literacy and unifying families of all cultures, through a community-based, child-centered event.

WHO: San Francisco Public Library, SFPL’s Green Bookmobile, Tree Frog Treks, Jamestown’s Youth In Charge Board, Jumpstart, Raising A Reader and Reading Partners

WHEN: Sunday, April 14th

WHERE: Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St. San Francisco, 94110.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

11:15 a.m. – Family Dance Party with Pulsing Word

12 p.m. – Cat Doorman, music concert

1 p.m. – Jorge Argueta & Manlio Argueta, poetry

1:30 p.m. – Francisco Herrera, folk musician

2:15 p.m.- Maikaze Daiko, Taiko drumming

This event is planned in partnership with San Francisco Sunday Streets with support from First 5 San Francisco, Mayor’s Office of Early Care and Education, and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

About SFPL

San Francisco Public Library was a proud winner of the 2009 Raul and Estela Mora Award in recognition of its outstanding decade of Día celebrations. The Library has been celebrating El Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros since 1999 and recognizes the observance of Día as a commitment to honor children and home languages and culture; promote literacy in all languages; involve parents as valued members of the literacy team and promote library collections that reflect our plurality.

About Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that provides volunteer-led, one-on-one literacy tutoring to K-5 students at low-income elementary schools. Reading Partners has an 89% success rate improving students’ reading skills. At each school site, Reading Partners transforms a dedicated space into a reading center and recruits a corps of 40-100 community volunteers who work directly with students. Volunteers are trained and supported by site coordinators to use a highly structured and research-validated curriculum to work one-on-one with students who have fallen behind in reading. To learn more, visit www.readingpartners.org.

Media Contacts:

Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282
mjeffers@sfpl.org

or

Joe Ventura
(415) 710-1157
joe.ventura@readingpartners.org