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What is Día?

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Día Events

Featured Event: Author Matt de la Peña

Join us for an author talk and book signing with Newbery Medal–winning and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña. Matt will share the story of his journey from reluctant reader to author. A book signing will follow. For all ages. Matt de la Peña has written seven young adult novels including Mexican WhiteBoyWe Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker as well as five picture books including Love, Carmela Full of Wishes, and Last Stop on Market Street. In 2016 he was awarded the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship.
Saturday, April 29th 10am The Empress Theatre, Vallejo
Saturday, April 29th 3pm at the Ulatis Community Center in Vacaville
Book sales will be offered by the Solano County Library Foundation at both locations.

Library Programs

 

Where the Forest Meets the Sea
Brenda Arellano and Josh Matthews present “Where the Forest Meets the Sea.” This humorous presentation explores imaginative play, audience participation and bilingual and non-verbal storytelling. Delightful for all ages. Help us celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day – El día de los niños, El día de los libros! One free book per child while supplies last.
Fairfield Cordelia Library 
Saturday, April 8  at 2:30PM

Meet Award Winning Author Matthew Gollub!
Celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day – El día de los niños, El día de los libros with this dynamic and interactive program. Kids of all ages will enjoy stories, drumming and more! Best known for his book Jazz Fly, Matthew is sure to inspire and entertain with his multilingual and musical program. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Vacaville Town Square Library
Saturday, April 15 at 11AM

Dia Crafts
Families are invited to join us in making crafts to celebrate some of their favorite book characters.
Vacaville Town Square Library
Thursday, April 20 at 4PM

Telpochkalli Mexica Indigenous Dance
Join us for a vibrant and energetic dance performance by Sacramento’s Telpochkalli! We will follow up with a fun Aztec art project for the family.
Dixon Library
Saturday, Aprill 22 at 1PM

Book Craft
Our book craft will feature Pete the Cat craft, bookmark making, and book making (paper booklet).
Suisun City Library
Tuesday, April 25 at 3PM

Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl
Appreciate Mexican culture and folklore through music and dance!
Vacaville Cultural Center Library
Tuesday, April 25 at 4PM

Día Crafts
Kids & tweens: come decorate a canvas tote bag in celebration of Children’s Day/Book Day (El día de los niños/el día de los libros. We can chat about some of the books that bring us joy while we craft. Available while supplies last.
Fairfield Cordelia Library
Friday, April 28 at 3PM

 

Japanese Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro
Come and learn about the Japanese art of taiko! Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. You may even get a chance to play the drums yourself! More information about the artist can be found at www.kristyoshiro.com.
Vallejo Springstowne Library
Saturday April 29 at 2pm

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli- Solano/Napa Valley
Fun for the entire family! Enjoy music, dance, and refreshments. Afterwards, there will be crafts- papel picado and coloring pages.
Vallejo John F. Kennedy Library
Sunday, April 30 at 1:30PM

Chavalos-De Aqui y Alla
Enjoy the Nicaraguan dance group, Chavalos-De Aqui y Alla! Afterwards, children can participate in a craft program where we will paint the national bird, the Turquoise-browed Motmot, El Guardabarranco, translated as “ravine-guard”. This is a tropical bird that inhabits in Nicaragua as well as across Latin America. In addition, there will be Nicaraguan food, appetizer style: tajadas, ensalada de repollo, and gallo pinto.
Fairfield Civic Center Library
Saturday, May 6 at 2pm

The Quetzalli Ballet Folklorico- Solano/Napa Valley
Fun for the entire family! Enjoy music, dance, and refreshments. Afterwards, there will be crafts- papel picado and coloring pages.
Suisun City Library
Saturday, May 13 at 12PM

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