Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – Celebrating children, books and literacy

For Immediate Release:  April 27, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

Celebrating children, books and literacy 

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library invites families to the 19th Annual Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros celebration on Sunday, April 29 from 1-4 p.m. at Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom Street. Día emphasizes the importance of literacy for children from all backgrounds and welcomes children and their families to enjoy an afternoon filled with music, dancing and free books under the sun!

The event features free live music, book giveaways and special performances. Children can climb aboard the bookmobile, make art, meet new friends and explore the playground. Special guests include children’s hula hoop performer Cherry Hoops and bubble artist Sterling Johnson.  Back again will be the dynamic Master of Ceremonies, Josue Guardarrama, live DJ PakíPayá and more.

Día de los Niños is a Mexican holiday that has grown throughout Latin America and recognizes the importance and influence of children in society.  In 1997, the first Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros was celebrated in New Mexico, bringing together the idea of honoring children and promoting their literacy by celebrating their language, culture and books.  Since then, the celebration has grown nationally and has been observed by the San Francisco Public Library since 1999.

Event:              Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

Date:               Sunday, April 29

Time:               1- 4 p.m. (1:15 p.m. Cherry Hoops; 2 p.m. Sterling Johnson bubbles)

Place:              Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom Street

Cost:                Free

Preview:          Día video

Photo opps:     Performers, bookmobile, families celebrating

The event is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Umpqua Bank. Participating organizations include San Francisco Public Library, Umpqua Bank, Jamestown, Jumpstart, Tandem, Raising a Reader, TAPP, Good Samaritan, The Reading Tree, Our Families Coalition, CARECEN, Mission Promise Neighborhood, Common Sense Media, Tree Frog Treks, SF Recreation & Park, SF Fire Department and Children’s Book Project.

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – Sunday, April 29, Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom St.