For Immediate Release
April 15, 2016
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros
Celebrating Children, Books and Literacy
Sunday, April 24, Parque Niños Unidos
San Francisco joins in the national celebration of children, books and literature, Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros, on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom streets. Día is an initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds.
Rooted in a Latin American tradition, 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. Children and families from around the Bay Area are invited to attend a free afternoon of fun, sun, dance, books, music and more.
San Francisco’s first Día took place in 1999 and each year since then, organizers volunteer their time and resources to promote literacy and unify families of all cultures through a community-based, child-centered event. This year’s Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros will include such activities as music, dance, free books giveaway, and other activities.
San Francisco Public Library joins community partners in hosting this event, including the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, First Book SF, Pulsing Word, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, Raising A Reader National, and members of the SF Early Literacy Network. Día is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Fund and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
1 p.m., Teddy Bear Hip Hop with Destiny Arts
2 p.m., Maria Luna ¡Baila Conmigo!
3 p.m., Alphabet Rockers concert
DJ Eric Cuentos will spin tunes throughout the afternoon and Dra. Marisol will emcee the event. Free book giveaway to every child is provided by Reading Is Fundamental, First Book SF, and Tandem Partners in Early Learning. Additional activities will be lead by community partners, including the Bay Area Discovery Museum, CARECEN, Good Samaritan Family Resource, The New Wheel, Tree Frog Treks and others.
Current and past member participants:
ArtSpan, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Children’s Book Press, Crissy Field, Department of Children, Youth and their Families, First Book SF, First 5 San Francisco, Friends of the San, Francisco Public Library, Jumpstart San Francisco, KQED Education Network, Mayor’s Office of Community Development/Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Mission Learning Center, Nuestros Niños/Childhood, Matters Radio Show, Office of Early Care and Education, Poetry Inside Out, Precita Eyes, Pulsing Word, Raising A Reader National, Reading Partners, Richmond District YMCA, San Francisco Children’s Art Center, SF Early Literacy Network, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco State University’s Jumpstart Program, San Francisco Friends School, SCRAP, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, and University of San Francisco
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 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.
For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.