Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

For Immediate Release:  April 18, 2019

Media contact: Mindy Linetzky

(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

Celebrating 20 years of children, books and literacy 

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library invites families to the 20th Annual Día delos Niños/Día de los Libros festival on Sunday, April 28 from 12-4 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!

This year is the 20th Anniversary of Dia, so there is an exciting line-up of entertainment and fun starting off with Loco Bloco dancing and drumming down the street. Children can climb aboard the bookmobile, make art, pick out their favorite book, meet new friends and explore the playground. Special guests include children’s hula hoopper former Cherry Hoops and the bubble magic of Big Top Bubbles. The event closes with Maria Luna, a Mexican folkloric dancer. In between all the festivities DJ Pakí Payá will be playing tunes.

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. 

Children are invited to build their home libraries with the onsite book giveaways and enjoy activities provided by generous San Francisco community agencies especially from the local Mission neighborhood.  Each agency has thoughtfully planned an activity for children to interact with while their grown-ups gather much needed information to support families in San Francisco.  There will also be special guests to serve as Masters of Ceremonies, each giving a glimpse of what 20 years of Día means to our families and our community. 

Event:             Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

Date:               Sunday, April 28

Time:               12-4 p.m.  

Schedule:        12:10-12:40 p.m.        Kicking off 20 Years of Día with Loco Bloco                   

12:30-2:00 p.m.           Big Top Bubbles   

1:00-1:30 p.m.            Drumming with Loco Bloco     

2:00-2:45 p.m.            Hula Hoop performance with Cherry Hoops                   

3:00-4:00 p.m.            Mexican Folkloric Dancing with Maria Luna   

Place:              Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom Street

Cost:                Free

Preview:          Día video

Photo opps:     Performers, bookmobile, families celebrating & reading

Día is presented in partnership by San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and SF Early Literacy Network.  It brings together community organizations with a passion for literacy and youth including Jumpstart SF, Mission Promise Neighborhood, TAPP/Felton Institute, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning and Good Samaritan Family Resource Center. 

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – Sunday, April 28, 12-4 p.m., Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom St.