Beginning on March 2, the Waukegan Public Library is offering a Día Family Book Clubfor bilingual children in grades 1-3 and their families. The book club is made possible by a mini-grant from the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Everyone Reads @ your library program grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The Waukegan Public Library was one of fifteen libraries to be awarded the mini-grant.
The Club will use bilingual books to provide an opportunity for families to read and interact together. Each week, families will read and discuss a book, complete an activity, and enjoy a snack. Families will receive a new book every week to take home.
The first meeting will feature the bilingual book Playing Lotería by René Colato Laínez, illustrated by Jill Arena. After reading and discussing the book together, the group will play a game of lotería. Families will leave with their own copy of the book to keep, and an activity to try at home: creating a lotería card representing a person, place, or object of significance to their family.
The DíaBook Club is a new addition to the Waukegan Public Library’s annual celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). El Díais a multicultural celebration that ties children and their families to books and diversity. The celebration, which culminates on April 30 every year, emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This year, the library will present its El Díafree family festival on May 4.
Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
The Club meets for six weeks on Sundays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in March, April, and May. The activities will all be conducted in Spanish and English. Registration is required; please call 847-623-2041, ext. 273 to register. For more information on the Waukegan Public Library’s Día events please call Rena Morrow at 847-623-2041, ext. 231, or visit http://www.waukeganpl.org/event/El-Dia-de-los-Ninos.
ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC visit www.ala.org/alsc.
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